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FoNS Weekly News - 20th July 2016

20 July 2016

Sue Pembrey Award 2016: Celebrating Nurse Leadership

We are delighted to announce this new award. Nominations are invited to recognise an exemplary nurse leader. Closing date: 5th August 2016. Visit our website to find out more.

 

Care Homes, Nursing Homes and the Patients First Programme

We don’t get many applications from residential care settings for the Patients First Programme. Maybe that’s to do with the word ‘patient’ in the title – but by patient, we mean the person who receives care, and that is very much what care homes and nursing homes are about.

 

So what kind of proposals would fulfil the brief of the Patients First Programme?

 

Broadly, and this is true for all care settings, we are looking for projects that put the ‘the person who receives care’ at the centre, and this might mean a collaborative project to develop a more person-centred workplace culture, or it might be more specific, such as Yoga-Based Interventions for Patients with a Dementia in a Residential Setting or Care Home at Night, Evening and Weekend - Making Residents’ Choices Happen.

 

The following projects are from other settings, but their aims and methods would fit care/residential settings equally:

 

We would like to encourage our social care colleagues to consider applying for Patients First. Please visit the website and call us on 020 7307 2857 to talk about your ideas.

 

FoNS Blog

This week’s thought provoking blog comes from Kate Sanders: Moral distress – is it time to start talking? Read more… 

 

New Report on FoNS Website

Healthcare Assistants as Second Checkers of Controlled Drugs for Timely Symptom Management in a Hospice Setting

The team at Compton Hospice in Wolverhampton wanted to reduce the length of time patients had to wait for controlled drugs for symptom management. They decided to train healthcare assistants to become competent second checkers, and worked carefully and collaboratively with staff at all grades to introduce this innovation into practice. They ran training days and on-gong competency supervision with the result that the length of wait for patients decreased from a mean average of 16 minutes to 8 ½ minutes. But not only that, there is a very inspiring section of the report (p 17), where one of the trained healthcare assistants talks about the process and about how the ward feels much calmer since and how healthcare assistants feel valued.

 

Enhancing Practice 2016

The International Practice Development Conference is being held in the UK this year (31st August - 2nd September 2016, Edinburgh). Registrations are open. There is an exciting programme of speakers, presentations and events, plus loads of dialogue and conversation spaces. Please register and spread the word.

 

Action Research for Person Centred Healthcare

Course open to PhD candidates and supervisors - 17th-19th October 2016, Sydney. Click here for the flyer.

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FoNS Weekly News - 13th July 2016

13 July 2016

FoNS Blog

This week we hear about one of the Patients First Programme projects. The team at Borders General Hospital, Melrose, have been working collaboratively with children and their families to develop more person-centred care. Read the blog and watch the short film for inspiration.

 

Exciting NEW Job Opportunity for a Practice Development Facilitator

The Foundation of Nursing Studies (FoNS) is seeking a likeminded and enthusiastic Practice Development Facilitator to support its growing range of activities to support innovation, improvement and culture change across health and social care.

Main Job Purpose: As a Practice Development Facilitator you will work within the FoNS team to support the delivery of our portfolio of practice improvement programmes and other related activities.

Hours of Work: Part-time minimum 21 hours (3 days) to full-time 35 hours

Terms of Employment: 1 year fixed term contract in the first instance

Closing Date: 22nd July 2016

 

Visit the website for more information.

 

Sue Pembrey Award 2016: Celebrating Nurse Leadership

We are delighted to announce this new award. Nominations are invited to recognise an exemplary nurse leader. Closing date: 5th August 2016. Visit our website to find out more.

 

Patients First Programme

We think that many of you are tempted by the unique, supportive features of the Patients First Programme. You will have read in this newsletter before about the inspiring work which other nurse, health visitor and midwife led teams have done in recent years (Including the team in today’s blog). You know that the programme supports teams from any health or social care setting anywhere across the UK. So what next? Perhaps you could: 

  • Take a step back, spend the next few days looking at your service through the eyes of patients, residents and service users. What do you see? Good but could be better?
  • Talk to colleagues, listen to colleagues – perhaps there are suggestions that come up for improvements but you don’t know how to implement them.
  • Have a chat with patients, get a sense of how care is for them.
  • Be inspired by the 70 plus teams that have already participated in the Patients First Programme – while they were all keen to join the programme, many of them were unsure about whether they could achieve what they wanted to. The poster on our website is just a taste of what current participants have to say about the programme.

 

You may have noticed that some of the projects we have supported are focussed in terms of what they’re trying to achieve. Others are broader, wanting to make care more person-centred or to work collaboratively with patients and service users. Both these approaches are within the remit of Patient First, as long as they are locally focussed and achievable.

 

Please visit the website and call/email us (020 7307 2857 / [email protected]) to find out more.

 

IPDJ Focus

Practice development using video-reflexive ethnography: promoting safe space(s) towards the end of life in hospital by Aileen Collier

In a nutshell, video reflexive ethnography (VRE) is a process of filming practitioners in action (not just healthcare professionals), the practitioners then view short clips of the videos, individually or in groups, creating an opportunity for dialogue, critique and reflexivity, leading to learning, insights and practitioner led transformation. At a very simple level, this paper explores the variety of impacts that watching videos of care interactions between practitioners and patients/families can have by revealing the ‘taken for granted’ and ‘habitual ways of being’ that can become unnoticed in everyday practice. But beyond that, Collier argues that VRE is a practice development methodology that may be able to ‘attune people to different ways of doing and being in a manner not possible with other methods’ (p 13). Although the focus of this work was on end of life care, we believe that it has relevance across health and social care. 

 

New Burdett Trust for Nursing grants available

Two new grant programmes:

Improving nurse retention

This programme will support nurse-led projects that can help achieve and retain a skilled and resilient workforce capable of, and committed to, delivering the highest level of patient care.

Strengthening nursing leadership

The Trust is looking to support projects that demonstrate the development and expansion of nurse leadership in clinical care, environment of care, social care and education.

Visit the website for more information.

 

Enhancing Practice 2016

The International Practice Development Conference is being held in the UK this year (31st August - 2nd September 2016, Edinburgh). Registrations are open. There is an exciting programme of speakers, presentations and events, plus loads of dialogue and conversation spaces. Please register and spread the word.

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FoNS Weekly News - 6th July 2016

06 July 2016

Sue Pembrey Award 2016: Celebrating Nurse Leadership

We are delighted to announce this new award. Nominations are invited to recognise an exemplary nurse leader. Closing date: 5th August 2016. Visit our website to find out more.

 

Mental health nurses – working to good effect in tertiary care: Tweet Chat Monday 11th July at 8pm

As part of 'Playing our Part: the Work of Mental Health Nursing', FoNS Chair, Professor Tony Butterworth CBE, has written a blog around tertiary care and prevention in mental health. To support this work, @WeMHnurses are hosting a Tweet chat (#WeMHnurses), which will feed into the final report.

 

Guidance on how to join tweet chats:

As with all tweet chats, you can actively participate, or just observe, if you are more comfortable with that, and then add your comments to the blog page. The important thing is that all voices are heard. Visit the WECommunities website for information about how to get onto the Tweet Chat.

 

Exciting NEW Job Opportunity for a Practice Development Facilitator

The Foundation of Nursing Studies (FoNS) is seeking a likeminded and enthusiastic Practice Development Facilitator to support its growing range of activities to support innovation, improvement and culture change across health and social care.

Main Job Purpose: As a Practice Development Facilitator you will work within the FoNS team to support the delivery of our portfolio of practice improvement programmes and other related activities.

Hours of Work: Part-time minimum 21 hours (3 days) to full-time 35 hours

Terms of Employment: 1 year fixed term contract in the first instance

 

Visit the website for more information.

 

FoNS Blog

This week, Jo Odell, FoNS Practice Development Facilitator talks about some of the things she does at FoNS in a blog entitled ‘An insight into being a practice development facilitator at FoNS’. Read more …

 

Enhancing Practice 2016

The International Practice Development Conference is being held in the UK this year (31st August - 2nd September 2016, Edinburgh). Registrations are open. There is an exciting programme of speakers, presentations and events, plus loads of dialogue and conversation spaces. Please register and spread the word.

 

IPDJ Focus

A reflection on using play to facilitate learning by Margaret Martin

This paper explores two important and fascinating themes. Firstly, the role of paly in adult learning; in the ‘serious’ business of adult learning, can ‘play’ reduce stress, increase confidence and enhance learning? The second theme is around the use of the ‘chatterbox’ (you’ll know it when you see the picture) as a tool for ‘introducing, practising and reinforcing the use of enabling questions’ (p1) as part of person-centred professional development and learning. The use of the chatterbox enabled the participants, including those on leadership programmes, to explore and practice the use of different types of enabling questions (for example reflecting questions and action questions).  A really interesting read.    

 

Patients First Programme

Perhaps one of most important support and development opportunities you’ll read about this year, the Patients First Programme is a unique combination of workshops to learn and share, bespoke visits and support from a dedicated practice development facilitator and funding to support and validate your work.

 

We do appreciate that you’re very busy, but the advantages and features of this programme tip the balance in favour of applying. All applications are considered, and we are looking for enthusiasm and a willingness to listen to and collaborate with colleagues and patients/carers, to make care the best it can be.  

 

As a previous participant said in June 2016:

The programme is at its most needed now. The programme gave me some light and optimism that good patient care can be delivered in a time that is difficult in the NHS.

 

Visit the website for more information and call us or email us to discuss your ideas.

 

You can make a difference with Patients First.

 

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FoNS Weekly News - 29th June 2016

29 June 2016

Patients First Programme

Are you a nurse, health visitor or midwife? Would you like the opportunity to develop personally and professionally while working towards making your service more caring and person-centred? If your answer is yes, then Patients First is for you! 

 

What do the current Year 7 Patients First Programme participants think about the programme?

 

These are their own words:

Your ideas will be valued and supported – it will give you new ideas on how to take things forward

Opportunity to change and improve practice – refresher on patient centred culture – right tools for project development – confidence to overcome hurdles – opportunity for reflection and professional development

See the bigger picture – make friends and eat cake – think outside the box – step out of your comfort zone – see the world beyond your ward – get creative – believe in yourself – apply now!

Walk the walk as well as talk the talk

Small ideas make a big impact

FoNS enables you and your team to do more than you can imagine – go for it! Take the plunge

You can make a difference, we did, with the help of Patients First!

 

 

There’s a brilliant poster on our website as well as all the application information you need.

 

Blog

This week FoNS CEO Theresa Shaw, talks about workplace learning – a missed opportunity? Read more ...

 

Exciting NEW Job Opportunity for a Practice Development Facilitator

The Foundation of Nursing Studies (FoNS) is seeking a likeminded and enthusiastic Practice Development Facilitator to support its growing range of activities to support innovation, improvement and culture change across health and social care.

Main Job Purpose: As a Practice Development Facilitator you will work within the FoNS team to support the delivery of our portfolio of practice improvement programmes and other related activities.

Hours of Work: Part-time minimum 21 hours (3 days) to full-time 35 hours

Terms of Employment: 1 year fixed term contract in the first instance

Salary: £40,000 to 43,000 depending on experience (pro-rata if part time and inclusive)

Holiday:  Up to 25 days per year (pro-rata if part time) + Public Holidays (pro-rata if part time) + 3 extra days for Christmas closure

Pension: A maximum of 8% employer’s contribution

Visit the website for more information. 

 

Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Travel Scholarships

Are you a Nurse or Allied Health Professional?

Do you work in health promotion and disease prevention?

Are you involved in the integration of health and social care?

Have you thought of applying for a Nursing & Allied Health Professions Churchill Travelling Fellowship?

 

The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust are particularly interested in applications focused on putting patients first and making the best use of available resources. They also welcome projects on the role and contribution of Nurses and Allied Health Professionals in the delivery and leadership of an effective healthcare system in the UK. This is a joint project with the Burdett Trust for Nursing, the Royal College of Nursing and The Foundation of Nursing Studies 

 

Read previous Fellows' stories and work in this area.

Closing date: 20th September 2016 at 5pm.

 

 

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Exciting NEW Job Opportunity for a Practice Development Facilitator - please share

23 June 2016

The Foundation of Nursing Studies (FoNS) is seeking a likeminded and enthusiastic Practice Development Facilitator to support its growing range of activities to support innovation, improvement and culture change across health and social care.

 

Main Job Purpose: As a Practice Development Facilitator you will work within the FoNS team to support the delivery of our portfolio of practice improvement programmes and other related activities.

Responsible to: Chief Executive

Accountable to: Board of Trustees

Hours of Work: Part-time minimum 21 hours (3 days) to full-time 35 hours

Terms of Employment: 1 year fixed term contract in the first instance

Salary: £40,000 to 43,000 depending on experience (pro-rata if part time and inclusive)

Holiday:  Up to 25 days per year (pro-rata if part time) + Public Holidays (pro-rata if part time) + 3 extra days for Christmas closure

Pension: A maximum of 8% employer’s contribution

 

For further information and/or to arrange an informal discussion regarding the post please visit our website or click here to download the job description and application form.

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