The title of this week’s blog is: Celebrating Progress Towards Becoming Teaching Care Homes by Kate Sanders, FoNS Practice Development Facilitator. She asks us to think about what our destination is in terms of improvement activity and suggests we celebrate along the way. Maybe you’re not in the care sector? This is still a fascinating read. Visit the blog page …
New report on the FoNS website
Non-medical Management of Breathlessness
The team at Royal Brompton Hospital, London, wanted to develop and implement a toolkit of non-medical interventions that could be used alongside medical management to help reduce breathlessness. Five were selected to pilot. These were ‘positioning’, ‘pursed lip breathing’, ‘handheld fan’, ‘relaxation’ and ‘diaphragmatic breathing’. Each project team member piloted one of the techniques in their clinical area and developed information and resources to support its use. Feedback was collected and overall patients were positive about all the techniques.
A fantastic read for anyone involved in respiratory care, or those who work with patients who would benefit from support to breathe more easily.
A call to action!
Please could you watch and share our positive and practical guide to revalidation for nurses in social care, even if you’re not in social care!
It’s a step-by-step guide to revalidation, good for all nurses. FoNS believes that ‘revalidation is a positive opportunity because it encourages an ongoing process of sharing, reflecting and improving’, a view shared by Kate Lettin, Revalidation Officer, NMC who said 'this is a very positive and practical video that will be extremely useful for nurses working in social care'.
Deepa Korea, Head of RCN Foundation ‘We are delighted to have funded this animation. The RCN Foundation recognises the challenges that nursing staff face every day in trying to live up to high expectations as well as providing care that is value based and person centred in a range of settings. We hope it has a positive impact not only for nurses in social care but to all nurses.’
Visit the website to view. All feedback appreciated to: [email protected]
Nottingham University Shared Governance Leadership Model
Creating Leaders from Bedside to Boardroom Conference
29th November 2016, Nottingham
Interested in shared governance and leadership across organisations? This conference will consist of various workshops covering the different aspects of shared governance and how NUH have implemented this leadership model.
Contact [email protected] / 0115 8404821 for more information and bookings
Read the FoNS supported project report and improvement insight to find out how it all began.
Knowing why we do what we do’ - Establishing a Unit Practice Council to Improve Evidence Based Nursing Practice in Acute Medicine using Appreciative Inquiry
The Journal of Health Visiting Awards 2017
The JHV welcomes nominations for the second annual Journal of Health Visiting Awards. The awards aim to highlight and reward excellence in evidence-based health visiting. Categories include: Innovation, leadership, education and more. Visit the JHV website for more information.
Closing date 12th December 2016
RCNi Nurse Awards 2017
The RCNi Nurse Awards 2017 are seeking entries from individuals and teams who have come up with new ways to improve health outcomes, enhance patient experiences and transform nursing practice. With 13 categories such as learning disability nursing, child health, cancer nursing, mental health and nursing older people, the awards cover the breadth and depth of the profession. There is also a student category, one for individuals working in a healthcare support role and The Patient’s Choice Award, a special category for members of the public to nominate a nurse who has made a difference to their or a loved one’s care.
Entries can be for an individual or team and nurses may enter themselves or be nominated. For further information about the Awards and how to enter visit the website. Closing date 6th January 2017.
Professional & Practice Development Facilitator for Admiral Nursing
Dementia UK is currently looking to appoint a professional and practice development facilitator to support the development of Admiral Nursing in the North West of England. The post holder will work with the Professional & Practice Development Lead to provide leadership and facilitation for a defined group of Admiral Nurses in the region.
Visit the Dementia UK website for further details. Closing date 18th November 2016