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?
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’.
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.