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FoNS News: New patron and report launch on the work of mental health nurses

22 February 2017

FoNS announces new patron

FoNS is delighted to announce that Baroness Mary Watkins of Tavistock has agreed to become FoNS’ new patron. Lady Watkins will also be the special guest at the launch of ‘Playing our Part: A report on the work of graduate and registered mental health nurses’.

 

Playing our Part: A report on the work of graduate and registered mental health nurses

Launch 27th February 2017

Following our year-long investigation into the work of graduate and registered mental health nurses, we offer 20 key messages that have emerged from our work with the profession, people who use services, researchers, policy makers and educators. In addition, we suggest 6 step changes with practical suggestions that should make a positive difference to both service delivery and to the profession.

 

The report will be available to download on the FoNS website from Tuesday 28th February 2017. 

 

FoNS Blog

With social care featuring heavily in the news, especially in terms of the pressures on acute care, Theresa Shaw’s timely blog looks at the experiences of care home managers, nurses and healthcare assistants through their own words. She highlights a range of blogs written by participants on the ‘Teaching Care Homes’ pilot programme; some really great positive and inspiring stories. Read more …

 

Richard Tompkins Nurse Development Scholarship

This unique scholarship offers the opportunity to attend the FoNS hosted IPDC Practice Development School described below (fees, accommodation and travel all covered) as part of the package of benefits. But while other awards offer educational opportunities, this scholarship includes ongoing mentorship to consolidate and embed the learning from the school AND the opportunity to be supported to publish in the IPDJ. This is unique!

 

Don’t miss out on this opportunity – closing date 13th March 2017

Here’s the website link: http://www.fons.org/programmes/scholarships

 

FoNS Hosted Practice Development School

3rd-7th July 2017

If the scholarship is not for you at this time, but your interested in the school, places are still available.

  • FoNS has a unique approach based on our understanding of the current healthcare environment and our closeness to practice. We work with nurses in clinical practice on a daily basis
  • There may be funding available from employers, trusts or associated charities and it’s always worth asking. Most of our participants are funded and employers recognise the value of the school for their organisation
  • This is a very practical course, it’s about developing the knowledge, skills and understanding of how to create cultures at work where care is safe, effective and person-centred
  • It’s great value for money; 5-day residential, full board in a fantastic, inspiring location 

What do previous participants say after 6 months?

  • It [the school] helped me take a step back and I now use my passion for nursing to inspire others to make the changes rather than at times trying to rescue. It’s helped them (the team) take ownership of their practice and enabled them to have access to support that helps them lead on developments.
  • It had a huge influence upon everything that I do and how I do it …the ways that I work with people by helping them to explore challenges and find solutions results in them designing their own ways forward which can create greater commitment to action and increased confidence in them exercising their professional voice and expressing values.
  • [The school] made me think beyond my usual pattern of thinking. It has positively affected my practice…
  • I’ve changed my outlook in lots of ways, which I feel has benefitted my learning and practice, and those whom I mentor. 

Further information and the registration form are available on our website or email [email protected] for more information.

 

New project details on the FoNS website 

Nurse-led Clinics for Children and Teenagers in the Children’s Haematology and Oncology Day Unit

The team at Leeds Children’s Hospital were concerned because although their ‘care is brilliant’, their ‘clinics often run late’, which can cause frustration to patients and their families. The aim of the project is to further develop nurse-led services to reduce clinic waiting times and provide the opportunity for a holistic review of care and support needs to help empower children, teenagers and their families to maximise their ability to manage their care. 

 

More details are available on the website.

 

Call for speaker interest: Assessment and Management of the Frail Older Person: Experience, evidence and the future

This event is aimed at the multi-disciplinary team to explore innovation, experience, evidence and excellence in practice, that can be shared with colleagues from all over the UK.

Visit the website to see the list of potential subject areas. Deadline for outlines of talk title and content: 24th February 2017

 

Call for abstracts: Nurse Clinics 2017

Submission Deadline: Friday 17th March 2017

Healthcare Conferences UK is calling for submissions of abstracts for oral presentation or poster display for this November 2017 event for those planning, managing or running nurse-led clinics.

Visit the website for submission details.  

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FoNS News: Awards, blog and a new volume of summaries

15 February 2017

Richard Tompkins Nurse Development Scholarship

FoNS is delighted to offer this scholarship opportunity, for the fifth year.

 

The combination of FoNS hosted practice development school, a residential learning and development opportunity (both professionally and personally) and the on-going mentorship to help you embed and develop your learning, while innovating in your workplace, is unique. You do need a level of workplace support to really benefit from this, which is why it is one of the application criteria. But otherwise, the award is centred around you, your learning and your workplace.

 

Please read more about it on our website and forward this to colleagues who may be interested. Closing date: 5pm, 13th March 2017 (school takes place 3-7 July 2017).

 

FoNS Blog

This week, Jo Odell, FoNS Practice Development Facilitator, talks about meaningful  collaboration. What is it, what barriers might exist and how can they be overcome? Read more

 

FoNS Hosted Practice Development School

3-7 July 2017

If you are looking to develop your personal and professional skills as a health/social care leader, look no further! Funding is often available from trusts/organisations so please explore the opportunities. Bookings are now being taken so please visit the website and send in your registration form.

 

Improvement Insights Vol 11

A whole new volume of summaries are now on the website: Visit the website and search for Volume 11.

 

  • Improving the assessment and documentation of pain for patients with severe cognitive impairment on an orthopaedic trauma ward
  • Building on positive experience: developing, implementing and evaluating a model for a self-harm clinic
  • Health and wellbeing for people living with heart failure
  • MUST DO: promoting good nutrition in a community hospital in Northern Ireland
  • An exploration of the patient’s experience following an acute myocardial infarction and subsequent participation in a clinical research study
  • Person-centred and family-centred care in the intensive care unit
  • Development and delivery of a diverse peer support programme for renal service users, their families and carers: an action research collaboration
  • An holistic approach to nutrition and diet in palliative care
  • Caring for people in a hospice setting who have or may develop difficulty communicating their needs due to dysphasia, cognitive impairment or extreme frailty
  • Healthcare assistants as second checkers of controlled drugs for timely symptom management in a hospice setting

 

Events

Measuring, Understanding and Acting on Patient Experience Insight, 24 March 2017, London

 

Chaired by Julia Holding Head of Patient Experience at NHS Improvement this conference will focus on measuring, understanding and acting on patient experience insight, and demonstrating responsiveness to that insight to improve care.

 

Jo Odell, FoNS Practice Development Facilitator, will be presenting at this event. Her presentation will share the varied ways in which the teams FoNS has worked with and have used patient experiences in their projects and in practice to ensure care is person-centred, safe and effective. It will include:

  • Using experience as a change methodology
  • Integrating staff experience and patient experience into practice
  • Case studies of health and social care teams that FoNS has supported to lead innovation and improvement using patient experience

 

A 20% discount is available to all Friends and Associates of FoNS by quoting ref: hcuk20fons when booking.

For more information, visit the website.

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FoNS News: Opportunities galore, inspiring blog and new projects starting

08 February 2017

Richard Tompkins Nurse Development Scholarship

  • Are you a nurse, midwife or health visitor working clinically in health or social care?
  • At ward sister level or equivalent?
  • Do you want to develop yourself and your practice for the benefit of yourself, your colleagues and the people who use your services?

Read on!

 

What is it? The Richard Tompkins Nurse Development Scholarship is a unique opportunity. The benefits include a five-day residential school (3-7 July 2017), which is a learning and development opportunity for you as a health or social care professional and you as a person. This is followed by a year of tailor-made mentorship to support you to consolidate and build on the learning from the school and to innovate in practice.

 

How do you apply? You need to have support from within your organisation at a senior/strategic level to ensure that you are able to maximise the opportunities created by the scholarship. Then you will need to visit our website and return your application by 5pm on 13th March 2017. It is a competitive process, but as they say, ‘you have to be in it to win it’.

 

FoNS Blog

The Power of Positive Stories: a blog by Kate Sanders. Kate describes a recent visit to Rose Court Care Home in Radcliffe, Manchester. The team reflected on something that had gone well for them, or something that they were pleased or satisfied with. The themes that evolved have led to real learning about what makes care good and how it can be like this more often. Please do read this, whatever setting you are in, and try it yourself.

 

Fostering a Culture of Effectiveness through Practice Development

Date: 3-7 July 2017 

This highly rated school is open for registrations. Almost all of our previous participants have secured funding, so please approach your manager to see what’s possible. It’s such a great learning and development opportunity for you as practitioner and leader, that we’d like to let the feedback speak for itself:

 

A happier, more productive workforce who provide consistently high standards of care

I have become more assertive with my colleagues, discussing and challenging the rationale behind practices

The elements I have used have really worked, have really involved people in change and empowered them

I recognise that I needed to listen to others more and how important it is for people to feel valued and included in order to make a difference

The biggest success is supporting a ‘failing’ ward to take ownership and be responsible for and to lead changes in practice and its development for themselves

I’ve grown and increased my confidence and job satisfaction.

 

New Projects on the FoNS website

The Patients First Programme has always attracted a wide variety of innovations from a variety of settings, and this year is no different:

Knowing me, Knowing you

Setting: Ashley Court Nursing Home, Edinburgh

Aim: We are trying to achieve a home from home for our residents where they can truly express themselves as individuals, as we will understand the more complex and in-depth aspects of their life lived so far.

 

Chestnut Tree House’s Hard to Reach Families Project

Setting: Chestnut Tree House Children's Hospice, Arundel, West Sussex

Aim: To ensure ‘hard to reach families’ living in the area are able to access hospice services specific to their needs, and to better engage with these families by raising awareness of children with life-shortening conditions and the services that Chestnut Tree House can offer.

 

Putting Patients and Carers First: A Project to Improve Patient Experience on an Acute Elderly Care Ward

Setting: Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospitals

Aim: To develop and implement a VIP bundle that encourages relatives/carers to be actively involved in patients’ care whilst in hospital.  We are doing this as we believe this would have a positive impact on patient experience, reduction in length of stay and a positive impact on ward culture overall. 

 

On-going Professional and Revalidation Activities

Stuck for ideas for activities for your on-going professional development, reflective practice and revalidation? Here are some suggestions:

Activity 1: Learning and Developing through Reading and Writing about a Practice Development Project Report

Activity 2: Using the ‘Creating Caring Cultures’ animation as a learning and development resource

Activity 3: Gathering and Reflecting on Patient Feedback

Activity 4: Gathering and Reflecting on Staff and Colleague Feedback

Activity 5: Learning from and Taking Action Informed by Compliments

Activity 6: Learning with and from Others – Participating in a Tweet Chat

 

All the details are on the website.

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FoNS News: Richard Tompkins Scholarship now open for applications (& more!)

01 February 2017

Richard Tompkins Nurse Development Scholarship

FoNS is delighted to announce that the application process for the prestigious Richard Tompkins Nurse Development Scholarship is open. Now in its 5th year, this is an exceptional development opportunity for an individual nurse, health visitor or midwife in health or social care anywhere across the UK.

 

The combination of the FoNS hosted practice development school and the support of on-going mentorship is both unique and effective. With the right organisational support, the successful individual will find this a fantastically rewarding experience.

 

Visit the website for further information about the award and the application process and to download the application form. Closing date: 5pm on 13th March 2017

 

FoNS Blog

This year is FoNS celebrates its 30th anniversary, and as part of our on-going celebrations of the work of the organisation and the teams and individuals it has supported, this week’s blog is entitled ‘Connecting at a human level’. Theresa Shaw, FoNS CEO looks at what makes the organisation tick. Read more …

 

FoNS 30 Year Celebrations

As part of our celebrations, we’ve updated our project archive – teams we’ve supported over the years. And it adds up to more than 230 – most of them in the last dozen years. It’s a pretty impressive total #fons30

 

Tweet chat on  Teaching Care Homes: 2nd February 2017 at 8pm

Teaching Care Homes, Creating Excellence in Care through Learning and Innovation

In 2016, Care England was given a grant by the Department of Health to develop the concept of a Teaching Care Home. The Teaching Care Homes pilot programme aims to create centres of care that demonstrate excellence and innovation in nurse-led care and where the learning environment benefits staff and students.

 

This Tweet Chat aims to explore how we can create vibrant learning environments within care homes.

 

Please join us, we would especially like to hear from anyone with experience of working in a care home, but all are welcome. Visit the FoNS website for background information and the WENurses website for details.

 

New project reports on the FoNS website

Bump, Baby and Beyond’– Creative Ways of Designing Antenatal Preparation Sessions in Collaboration with Women

The team, made up of a midwife and a health visitor, worked to develop creative and collaborative antenatal sessions in a deprived and ‘hard to reach’ area of Poole. It was hoped that the project would help increase the potential for secure attachments between mother and infant, increase confidence and encourage peer support and inform and empower mothers. Evaluation showed that mothers found the exercises used to prepare for labour and early motherhood useful and the tools for discussing labour helpful.  In addition, it may be that their emotional wellbeing and mental health were improved (or ill health prevented). 

 

Recovery and Wellness post ICU: Using Patient Diaries

The team at Ulster Hospital in Dundonald, Belfast noticed that some patients who were returning to a follow-up clinic post-ICU were describing distressing symptoms such as nightmares, sleep deprivation, hallucinations and flashbacks. Developed in Scandinavia, intensive care patient diaries are a simple but valuable tool in helping patients come to terms with their critical illness experience. Working with staff, patients and relatives/carers, diaries were introduced. Initial evaluation suggests they benefit patients and their families and have raised awareness amongst staff of the psychological aspects of a stay in ICU.

 

Call for abstracts: Nurse Clinics 2017

Submission Deadline: Friday 17th March 2017

Healthcare Conferences UK is calling for submissions of abstracts for oral presentation or poster display for this November 2017 event for those planning, managing or running nurse-led clinics.

 

Visit the website for submission details.  

 

Free Journal of Health Visiting study days

With sessions scheduled between February and November 2017 and locations across the country. Visit the website for details.

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FoNS News: Person-centredness, dementia companions and a Tweet Chat

25 January 2017

Tweet chat on  Teaching Care Homes: 2nd February 2017 at 8pm

Teaching Care Homes, Creating Excellence in Care through Learning and Innovation

In 2016, Care England was given a grant by the Department of Health to develop the concept of a Teaching Care Home. The Teaching Care Homes pilot programme aims to create centres of care that demonstrate excellence and innovation in nurse-led care and where the learning environment benefits staff and students.

 

This Tweet Chat aims to explore how we can create vibrant learning environments within care homes.

 

Please join us, we would especially like to hear from anyone with experience of working in a care home, but all are welcome. Visit the FoNS website for background information and the WENurses website for details.

 

FoNS Blog

This week Maria Loughran, a Patients First Programme project leader, talks about their project to introduce dementia companions on an acute ward. An inclusive project that has had real cost benefits. Read more …

 

Fostering a Culture of Effectiveness through Practice Development, 3-7 July 2017

Person-centredness, understanding what it is, being more person-centred and working with colleagues to develop a workplace that is characterised as person-centred are key aspect of this learning and development opportunity. In addition:

  • FoNS has a unique approach based on our understanding of the current healthcare environment and our closeness to practice. We work with nurses in clinical practice on a daily basis
  • There may be funding available from employers, trusts or associated charities and it’s always worth asking. Most of our participants are funded and employers recognise the value of the school for their organisation
  • This is a very practical course, it’s about developing the knowledge, skills and understanding of how to create cultures at work where care is safe, effective and person-centred
  • It’s great value for money; 5-day residential, full board in a fantastic, inspiring location

 

Visit the website for more information and for booking details.

 

IPDJ focus

Dark northern hemisphere evenings are a great chance to catch up on a little reading. Sunny southern hemisphere days when you need to take shelter in the shade – a chance to catch up on a little reading too? You might like to peruse the IPDJ Special Issue on Person-centredness!

Here are the papers and links:

The International Community of Practice for Person-centred practice

  • Jan Dewing, IPDJ Academic Editor

Guest Editorial: The currentness of person-centred practice

  • Gaby Jacobs

Person-centredness – the ‘state’ of the art

  • Brendan McCormack, Marit Borg, Shaun Cardiff, Jan Dewing, Gaby Jacobs, Nadine Janes, Bengt Karlsson, Tanya McCance, Tone Elin Mekki, Davina Porock, Famke van Lieshout and Val Wilson

Curriculum design for person-centredness: mindfulness training within a bachelor course in nursing

  • Theo Niessen and Gaby Jacobs

Reflections on flourishing people, spaces and places TEDxQMU

  • Ruth Magowan and Brendan McCormack

Reflections on being and becoming a person-centred facilitator

  • Famke van Lieshout and Shaun Cardiff

Partnering for performance in situational leadership: a person-centred leadership approach

  • Brighide Lynch

Engagement: a critique of the concept and its application to person-centred care

  • Jan Dewing and Brendan McCormack

Recovery and person-centredness in mental health services: roots of the concepts and implications for practice

  • Jan Kåre Hummelvoll, Bengt Karlsson and Marit Borg

Using person-centred key performance indicators to improve paediatric services: an international venture

  • Tanya McCance and Val Wilson

Exploring person-centred practice within acute hospital settings

  • Paul Slater, Tanya McCance and Brendan McCormack

Good enough evaluation

  • Val Wilson and Tanya McCance

Revealing and acting on patient care experiences: exploring the use of Photovoice in practice development work through case study methodology

  • Nadine Janes, Barbara Cowie, Kim Bell, Penney Deratnay and Candice Fourie  

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