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FoNS Weekly News - 28th September 2016

28 September 2016

A practical guide to revalidation for nurses working in social care

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) launched revalidation in April 2016. The new requirements demonstrate to everyone that as Registered Nurses we’re working effectively and safely within ‘The Code’, which sets out the professional standards for practice. Whilst nurses have been required to demonstrate their competence for many years, revalidation is a positive opportunity because it encourages an ongoing process of sharing, reflecting and improving.


Based on our experience of working with nurses in social and primary care to help them understand the revalidation process, we know that some of you working in social care can feel isolated and revalidation may seem daunting. We developed this video to help demystify the process and to enable you to apply this to your own working context in social care. This work was supported and funded by the RCN Foundation.


Visit our website to watch the video. You can also download the script.


FoNS Hosted IPDC Foundation Practice Development School 2017

Save the date

FoNS is delighted to announce the dates of its 2017 hosted IPDC Foundation Practice Development School.

Date: 3-7 July 2017

Location: Herstmonceux Castle, East Sussex, England


This is an excellent development opportunity which benefits the individual, their service and their organisation. With a great balance of stimulating input, creativity, reflection and challenge, this school offers the chance to develop yourself, to be able to go back to the workplace and be able to make more of a difference to the care your patients and service users receive. We are offering optional on-going mentorship to cement your learning. Please visit our website to find out more.


New project on FoNS website 

A Quality Review of a Specialist Multidisciplinary Service Caring for People with Long-term Neurological Conditions/Spasticity

The project was driven by a desire to improve the quality and care that patients receive from the specialist multidisciplinary spasticity service, especially with regard to the experience of living with an intrathecal baclofen (ITB) pump. Over the course of this service evaluation, members of the multidisciplinary spasticity management team and neuro-rehabilitation ward staff worked together with patients and their carers to explore the experience of staff, patients and carers.



Nurse Clinics, 9 November 2016, London

This event will provide specialist nurses with a valuable opportunity to hear national updates and best practice for working at advanced practice, and setting up and running nurse led clinics and services in primary and secondary care across a number of specialities. Theresa Shaw, FoNS CEO, will be speaking on: creating the culture for nurse led services:                            

  • Developing the role of nurse led services across health and social care
  • Understanding workplace culture and the impact it has on developing services and practice
  • Identifying how leadership and skilled facilitation can enable the implementation of nurse led services and care delivery


A 10% discount is available to all Friends and Associates of FoNS by quoting ref: hcuk10fons when booking. Visit the event website for more information.


RCN International Centenary Conference, 22-23 November 2016, London

The RCN International Centenary Conference is a unique international nursing event which will reflect on the past 100 years of nursing and help plan for the next 100, whilst celebrating the RCN’s centenary. Health care leaders from around the world will deliver keynote speeches and our five core themes cover a broad scope of topics, from technology and innovation to society, communities and relationships. 


Click here for the flyer or visit the website for more information.


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FoNS Weekly News - 21st September 2016

21 September 2016

FoNS Blog

This week Theresa Shaw, FoNS CEO talks about Healthcare in the Community: Inspiring Quality and Success and the lessons we can learn from the QNI Annual Conference 2016. Were you at QNI this week? We’d love to hear your reflections. Read more ...


England Centre for Practice Development – Call for evidence 

The England Centre for Practice Development is conducting an evidence review into safe caseloads for district and community nurses in community and primary care settings to follow on from the NICE report (July 2015) entitled “Safe staffing for adult nursing care in community settings”. The last review did not take account of grey literature and unpublished evidence that might be helpful in developing some national principles to guide workforce planning for the future. If you have any unpublished evidence that you would like to share with the team, please would you email this by 30th September to: [email protected] Follow this link for more information.


A welcome to our new friends from community nursing

This week, FoNS was delighted to attend the QNI Conference 2016. It’s clear that increasingly, care is moving from acute settings into community settings, where nurses will be ideally placed to provide holistic care for our increasing older population. But what also came across during the conference was the need for community nursing to be more proactive – many of the chronic conditions prevalent in our older population are preventable with lifestyle changes. It was great to meet so many enthusiastic healthcare practitioners/nurses and to welcome them as Friends of FoNS.


Some of the themes from QNI2016, we feel, are represented in some of our project reports:


EIDDER: Early Intervention Dual Diagnosis Engagement and Recovery

This was a specialist project, however, it’s worth reading for the non-specialist, especially in terms of the need to engage with patients/service users and for them to be equal partners, with a focus on wellness and a return to health.


Health and Wellbeing for People Living with Heart Failure

An important theme in this project report is the need to understand patients’ perspectives and to consider this in the way a service is designed and run, across the service down to the wording of clinic letters.


Developing a Recovery Based Quality of Life Service for People with Severe and Enduring Eating Disorders

While this is a specialist paper, it offers all of us food for thought – especially perhaps the need to think about re-framing the question. For patients with severe and enduring eating disorders, the question was less about recovery and more about quality of life.


Culturagram: Developing and Implementing a Culturally and Ethnically Sensitive Family Assessment Tool for People Living with Dementia and their Families

Dr Sam Everington, at the QNI Conference, talked about a change from ‘what’s the matter with you’ to ‘what matters to you’, and this is a question which is explored in this report.


Supporting Patients in Their Own Homes

What support do patients need, what does ‘vulnerable’ mean to staff and patients, what community support is there and the value of holistic assessment.


William Churchill Memorial Trust New Report: Multi-disciplinary simulation and learning for patient safety by Elizabeth Berragan

This report looks at Australian educational initiatives to support undergraduate healthcare students to learn to deliver safe and effective care to their patients. In particular the author was interested in inter-professional education and simulation as pedagogical approaches to highlight the importance of patient safety, quality improvement and preparing students for the real world of healthcare practice.


Visit the website to look at this report and browse others.

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FoNS Weekly News - 14th September 2016

14 September 2016

A review of three social media events on the work of mental health nurses in the UK and some next steps by Professor Tony Butterworth

Three social media events took place in May, June and July this year which asked questions about the work of mental health nurses in primary, secondary and tertiary prevention. This short web paper offers an analysis of, and some commentary on, the conversations that took place during these events. 


FoNS Blog

This week, as students are returning or starting university courses, Jo Odell, FoNS Practice Development Facilitator, reflects on beginning her own nursing career. Read more…


Learning for all

The beginning of the (northern hemisphere) academic year feels like a new start, even for those of us not in formal education. With this in mind, we would like to share some of the ‘learning for all’ resources available on our website.


Creating Caring Cultures

The Creating Caring Cultures model, amination and resources offer helpful descriptions and resources to help you get started with culture change. As health and social care staff, we all want to be kind and caring and make sure that services are safe and effective. But how often do we step back and really look at what we do, think about the people that we work with and the ways we work together to provide care? These resources work both in health and social care and offer a guide to getting started. Why not set yourself a target and explore one section a week or a fortnight?


IPDJ Focus

Two very highly accessed papers which would support you in thinking about workplace culture are:


Outcomes from a pilot project on workplace culture observations: getting evaluation and outcomes on the agenda by Jan Dewing, Sue Moore, Ella Wilder, Rachel Lohrey, Julia Hoogesteger, Zena Sale, Chris Winstanley

This very accessible paper describes and explores many hours of observation reports on what was seen, heard, smelt and felt. The findings are contradictory, periods of noise and quiet, space and clutter, activity and stillness but led the team to think more deeply about the care environment and about how care was given and received.


Effective workplace culture: the attributes, enabling factors and consequences of a new concept by Kim Manley, Kate Sanders, Shaun Cardiff and Jonathan Webster

Workplace culture, that is at the level where patient/user interfaces with the practitioner, has an enormous bearing on the kind of care received. It impacts on the motivation and commitment of staff, the uptake of innovative ideas and patient safety, and when workplace culture is ineffective or toxic, the consequences are well publicised. So it’s vital to know what an effective workplace culture looks like, what needs to be in place, and will happen when it is effective.


Call for abstracts: Preoperative Assessment

M&K Update are seeking speakers for next year's national Preoperative Assessment Conference (Manchester, 9th May 2017). The following are subjects that the 2016 delegates suggested could be part of 2017: Developing telephone triage clinics; Pre and perioperative diabetes management; Role description in pre op; Enhanced recovery; Implications of alcohol excess prior to surgery; Primary care input prior to surgery. If you are interested or you feel you have a colleague who may be please email: Mike Roberts, Director, M&K Update Ltd [email protected]



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FoNS Weekly News - 7th September 2016

07 September 2016

FoNS Blog

This week Theresa Shaw, FoNS CEO, talks about the recent Enhancing Practice Conference in Edinburgh – key themes and what inspired her. Read more …


Patients First Programme

DON’T FORGET! Closing date today (Wednesday 7th September 2016) 5pm! Submit applications to [email protected]


IPDJ Focus

The compassion gap in UK universities by Kathryn Waddington

At an event about the compassion gap in healthcare, Kathryn Waddington raised the simple point ‘If they [students] don’t experience a compassionate learning environment in universities, it’s no surprise that there is a compassion gap in practice!’ (p1). In this paper, she explores the culture of higher education; are people seen as commodities? Is morale eroded by ‘the relentless political drive on standards, results and student satisfaction’ (p5), all of which raised questions for me about organisational and workplace culture in healthcare.


Person-centredness in graduate nursing education: practice development in action by Karen LeGrow, Karen Campbell, Nancy Elford, Krista L. McLaughlin and Alliah Over

Following a personal introduction to practice development methods, the first author describes how ‘Practice development was used as a foundation for implementing innovative teaching methods for postgraduate nursing students’ (p1) using activities such as sharing hopes and fears and guided meditation. The aim was to develop new ways to engage with students, which in turn would give those postgraduate students new ways to engage with patients and colleagues ‘to bring about changes in practice and cultures’ (p2). The paper relates four students’ experiences of using these specific activities, and makes fascinating reading.


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 initiative 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.



Measuring, Understanding and Acting on Patient Experience Insight, 29th November 2016, London

We are delighted that Jo Odell, Patients First Programme coordinator will be speaking on: Improving Patient Experience and Experiences of Care 

  • using experience as a change methodology
  • integrating staff experience and patient experience into practice
  • case studies of health and social care teams involved in the Patients First programme 


This conference will focus on measuring, understanding and acting on patient experience insight, and demonstrating responsiveness to that insight to improve care. Through national updates and case study presentations the conference will support you to measure, monitor and improve patient experience in your service, and demonstrate responsiveness to the feedback you receive. 


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 Weekly News - 31st August 2016

31 August 2016

The Sue Pembrey Award 2016: Celebrating Nurse Leadership

The Foundation of Nursing Studies is pleased to announce the winner of the Sue Pembrey Award 2016 is:


Wendy Newnham, Lead for Community Nursing Services, Virgin Care

Wendy was one of three exceptional clinical leaders shortlisted for the award. The judges said: 

‘Wendy is an impressive nominee; her leadership is clearly valued by the staff… she has a strong person-centred, innovative and empowering leadership style, which has brought about a transformation in the service and the staff who provide it’


The award will be presented at the Enhancing Practice Conference on 1st September 2016, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh. The judges are also pleased to recognise the leadership of the other two shortlisted candidates:

Graham Kelly, General Manager, Hill View Bupa Care Home, Clydebank

‘Graham showed a clear vision for person-centred practice and ways of working where staff, residents and families are all equally important…’


Nicola Williams, Wirral Heart Support Team Manager, Wirral Community NHS Foundation Trust

‘Nicola leads with compassion and enthusiasm; ensuring care is person-centred, high quality and safe. Her team feel supported and valued and this is evident in the culture within their service…’

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The Patients First Programme – One week left!

There is still one week left for you to get your application in for the Patients First Programme (closing date 5pm, Wednesday 7th September 2016). Please consider applying:

  • Locally focussed ideas to improve care for patients, residents, service users with the involvement of patients, residents and service users
  • Any health or social care environment – NHS, private or charity – anywhere in the UK
  • You can see the range of projects we’ve supported on our website (current projects)  
  • Hugely supportive and unique programme of learning workshops, personalised support from our Practice Development Facilitators and a bursary to pay for travel, accommodation and back-fill


There is a competitive application process, but as they say ‘you’ve got to be in it to win it!’

You can make a difference with Patients First!


Please email [email protected] to arrange a time to talk about your ideas and visit the website for more information and the application documents. 


New report on FoNS website

Yoga for People Living with Dementia in Residential Care Settings

Supported by the Patients First Programme, the team at Marlborough Lodge, introduced gentle, yoga-based exercise for residents living with dementia. Their key priorities were that the exercises should be beneficial, to both mind and body, that residents were free to join or not join as they chose, the classes should be run by carers; people who knew the residents well, and that ultimately, the programme would be sustainable. 


FoNS Blog

This week we talk about the importance of language: what are your listeners hearing? Read more … 


Call for abstracts

Nursing Education and Professional Development – The Global Perspective

21st - 22nd March 2017, Cardiff

Hosted by the RCN Education Forum, this annual 2 day international conference provides a supportive environment for nurse educators from across the UK and the globe to meet with other like-minded professionals. Visit the website for more information about this event and the themes for abstracts. Closing date 17th October 2016.

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