A A A

News

FoNS Weekly News - 25th May 2016

25 May 2016

The Patients First Programme

We are delighted to announce that the application information for Patients First Year 8 is now available. FoNS believes that all patients should experience care that is safe, effective and compassionate. Nurses, midwives and health visitors, as direct care givers,
have a key role in identifying with patients, potential areas for improvement. FoNS’ active and ongoing partnership with the Burdett Trust for Nursing has enabled the development of the Patients First Programme to help clinically based nurses, midwives and health visitors to lead local innovations that will develop nurses, nursing and healthcare practice to improve patient care in any health and social care setting across the UK. 

 

You can make a difference with the support of the Patients First Programme! Visit the website to find out how.

 

Run Joan run!

FoNS is delighted to be supporting (mile 24!) Joan Pons Laplana when he runs the Liverpool marathon to raise funds for the Cavell Trust on the 29th May 2016 (see his blog on 12th April). But he will be running a marathon with a twist. He will be doing a Tweetathon, which we think is a world first. You can follow his progress and interact with him live by following his Twitter account @thebestjoan.

 

BMJ World Nurses Day Offer

To celebrate nurses around the world and the work you do, BMJ is offering free content and discounts on several resources to support your needs. Visit the website for more information. 

 

FoNS Blog

FoNS Trustee Caroline Shuldham has written this week’s blog. Every now and again one is taken short and reminded of how much we do not know about people and how if we do not ask or listen we never will. Read more …

 

New project report

A Holistic Approach to Nutrition and Diet in Palliative Care

Palliative patients have varying needs regarding food and nutrition and the ‘goal of nutrition therapy may NOT be weight gain or reversal of malnutrition, but it should be about quality of life’. This was the starting point for the team from Dorothy House Hospice, who developed a nutritional assessment specifically designed for patients in a palliative care environment. This assessment enabled conversations with patients and relatives that would not otherwise have happened.

 

Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Travelling Fellowships 2017

Applications are invited for Travelling Fellowships in the Nursing and Allied Health Professions category to support those who want to travel overseas to gain knowledge, experience and best practice to benefit others in the UK.

 

With the NHS under increasing pressure to find savings without compromising on patient experience, there is a real need for fresh perspectives on existing problems.

 

WCMT are seeking applications for projects that develop the role and contribution of nurses and AHPs in the delivery and leadership of an effective healthcare system in the UK, one that puts patients first and makes best use of available resources. Those involved with the integration of health and social care, including projects focused on health promotion and disease prevention in all settings, are also encouraged to apply.

 

Applications close at 5pm on 20th September.

 

Events

Effective Non-Medical Prescribing in End of Life Care, Friday 15th September 2016, London

This conference focuses on the important issue of nurse/non medical prescribing in end of life care. It is widely recognised that pain and symptom control at the end of life is not always optimal, the development of non medical/nurse prescribing has a key role in improving pain and symptom control for patients at the end of life. Visit the website for more information and for bookings.

 

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

 

 

Read More

FoNS Weekly News - 18th May 2016

18 May 2016

IPDJ Volume 6 No 1 out today

1. Editorial: Five years old already: forward we go

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.19043/ipdj.61.001

Jan Dewing

 

Interview

2. The articulation of impressions, an interview with Kari Martinsen 

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.19043/ipdj.61.002

Interviewed by Christine Øye and Tone Elin Mekki

Translated by Hilde Haaland-Kramer

 

Original Practice Development and Research 

3. Practice development using video reflexive ethnography: promoting safe space(s) towards the end of life in hospital 

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.19043/ipdj.61.003

Aileen Collier

4. Using poems to explore the meaning of compassion to undergraduate nursing students 

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.19043/ipdj.61.004

Kirsten Jack and Josie Tetley 

 

Critical Reflection on Practice Development

5. Developing an holistic assessment protocol on a hospice in-patient ward: staff engagement and my role as a practice development facilitator 

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.19043/ipdj.61.005

John Lansdell

6. A reflection on choosing practice development as a framework to explore music as a therapeutic method to reduce anxiety in patients living with dementia in a ward setting 

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.19043/ipdj.61.006

Alasdair Pithie

7. A reflection on using play to facilitate learning 

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.19043/ipdj.61.007

Margaret Martin 

8. A reflective account on becoming reflexive: the 7 Cs of caring conversations as a framework for reflexive questioning 

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.19043/ipdj.61.008

Edel Roddy and Belinda Dewar

9. Person-centredness in graduate nursing education: practice development in action 

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.19043/ipdj.61.009

Karen LeGrow, Karen Campbell, Nancy Elford, Krista L. McLaughlin and Alliah Over

10. The compassion gap in UK universities 

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.19043/ipdj.61.010

Kathryn Waddington 

11. Using creative writing to explore facilitation skills in practice 

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.19043/ipdj.61.011

Ann Price, Kathrin Hirter, Clare Lippiatt and Kerry O’Neill

 

Critical Commentary

12. Reflection and person-centredness in practice development 

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.19043/ipdj.61.012

Kylie Smith

 

Ideas and Influences

13. A healthful experience? A patient practice development journey 

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.19043/ipdj.61.013

Erna Snelgrove Clarke

14. What is the place of interprofessional education in supporting the continuum of care for patients?

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.19043/ipdj.61.014

Annette Solman

 

Critical Commentary

15. Quality improvement – rival or ally of practice development? 

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.19043/ipdj.61.015

Gavin Lavery

 

FoNS Blog

This week Sam Meikle, Founder, Spark the Difference, talks about her Humans of Healthcare exhibition and work. ‘at its very heart – clinical practice, medicine, nursing - is about the encounter between two human beings. And if we lose that, we lose everything.’ Fantastic pictures and great personal stories. Read more …

 

Have you used our Creating Caring Cultures resources? We would love to hear from you!

It is a year since we launched our ‘Creating Caring Cultures in Health and Social Care: Getting Started’ resources. We know that the animation has been very popular, with over 4000 views, and people have also been very positive about the downloadable booklet and tools.

 

But what difference, if any, have these resources made? Have they helped you to get started with changes in your workplace culture?

 

The time now feels right to try to find out more about how you have used/shared the resources and what the outcomes might be.

 

We know the resources have travelled far, and we were delighted to receive feedback from a team in Cooma, NSW, Australia (Using 'Creating Caring Cultures' at Cooma Hospital by Maria MacKay, Antje Badger and Kylie Chenery) who used theanimation, booklet and resources as a means to stimulate critical discussion among the nursing team and have developed more positive and creative ways of working. 

 

Could you share some information with us about your experiences of using the resources? We would be happy to receive this by email to [email protected] or by phone if you would prefer (please email [email protected] or call 020 7307 2857 to make an appointment to talk to Kate or Theresa).

 

We would be really delighted to hear from you and to able to share your experiences through the news and website to encourage others to give it a try. Please respond with your feedback by 1st June 2016 to receive a free copy of the ‘Creating Caring Cultures: Getting Started’ booklet and have your name entered into a prize draw for a £25 Amazon Voucher (please include a postal address).

 

We look forward to hearing from you and thank you in anticipation!

Read More

FoNS Weekly News - 11th May 2016

11 May 2016

Have you used our Creating Caring Cultures resources? We would love to hear from you!

It is a year since we launched our ‘Creating Caring Cultures in Health and Social Care: Getting Started’ resources. We know that the animation has been very popular, with over 4000 views, and people have also been very positive about the downloadable booklet and tools.

But what difference, if any, have these resources made?

Have they helped you to get started with changes in your workplace culture?

The time now feels right to try to find out more about how you have used/shared the resources and what the outcomes might be.

 

We know the resources have travelled far, and we were delighted to receive feedback from a team in Cooma, NSW, Australia (Using 'Creating Caring Cultures' at Cooma Hospital by Maria MacKay, Antje Badger and Kylie Chenery) who used theanimation, booklet and resources as a means to stimulate critical discussion among the nursing team and have developed more positive and creative ways of working. 

 

Could you share some information with us about your experiences of using the resources? We would be happy to receive this by email to [email protected] or by phone if you would prefer (please email [email protected] or call 020 7307 2857 to make an appointment to talk to Kate or Theresa).

 

We would be really delighted to hear from you and to able to share your experiences through the news and website to encourage others to give it a try. Please respond with your feedback by 1st June 2016 to receive a free copy of the ‘Creating Caring Cultures: Getting Started’ booklet and have your name entered into a prize draw for a £25 Amazon Voucher (please include a postal address).

 

We look forward to hearing from you and thank you in anticipation!

FoNS Blog

This week, to celebrate World Nurses Day, FoNS CEO Theresa Shaw talks about resilience and workplace culture. While it’s important for nurses to develop their own resilience, if organisations aren’t working towards supportive and caring cultures for all, surely nurses can’t do this alone? Read more...

 

International Nurses Day 2016

Special International Nurses Day Offer from the BMJ

To celebrate nurses around the world and the work you do, BMJ is offering free content and discounts on several resources to support your needs. This offer is available until 12th June 2016. Visit the website for more information.

 

International Council of Nurses


The International Council of Nurses International Nurses Day theme for 2016 is: Nurses: A Force for Change: Improving health systems' resilienceThe IND Kit 2016 contains educational and public information materials, for use by nurses everywhere. Is a very readable document

 

World Nurses Day: The RCN in the UK

Every day, nursing staff around the world go the extra mile for their patients. Nurses’ Day is your chance to say thank you. Say thank you on social media using #thankanurse or visit the RCN website.

 

Events

Kent and Medway Learning Disability Community of Practice, Conference 15th June 2016, Crawley, Surrey UK

The theme is transition and innovation on learning disability practice. Visit the website for more information. Submission deadline for presentations/abstracts 20th May 2016

 

Read More

FoNS Weekly News - 4th May 2016

04 May 2016

Mental Health Nurses – Working with Purpose in Primary Care Tweet Chat #wemhnurses 9th May 2016, 8pm

Visit Professor Tony Butterworth’s blog for pre tweet chat information or follow the link on the front page of our website.

The blog explores questions about what mental health nurses are doing now in primary care, what they might do, who might employ them, what their training and continuing professional development requirements are and what their careers might look like. Join the tweet chat or leave comments on the blog page. Future blogs and tweet chats are planned for the secondary and tertiary sectors.

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.

FoNS supported projects which focus on Mental Health nursing

Just a sample…

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

Offering really interesting insights, this report describes the development of a ‘quality of life’ group for patients with severe and enduring eating disorder. The team from Aneurin Bevan Health Board wanted to cater for the specific needs of this particular client group, moving away from a focus on the condition to a focus on the person and their quality of life.

An Exploration of the Lived Experience of Patients and Staff Involved in Supportive Observations within a High Secure Environment 

This project aimed to gather the experiences of patients and staff involved in supportive observations, in order to use this information to develop practice to achieve a more therapeutically orientated intervention. This is a fascinating and innovative project demonstrates meaningful collaboration between healthcare professionals and service users.

The Quiet Room: Improving the Acute Care Psychiatric Environment

This report describes a project that developed the use of a quiet room as an alternative to PRN (as required) medication use when caring for patients in a mental health crisis. The methods and approaches were used to clarify values and beliefs, to plan and develop the quiet room with the involvement of patients and to develop the knowledge and skills of nursing staff. The project identified that in an acute psychiatric environment, mental health nurses can provide effective alternatives to pharmacological interventions.

Involving Service Users' Stories to Develop Mental Health Services

The team consisted of a mental health nurse manager working alongside six people whose identity moved beyond ‘service user’ to that of co-researcher over the period of the project. The researchers’ interviews with current service users were used to identify significant themes and how these aspects can inform practice within statutory service.

Involving Young People in the Development and Evaluation of Self Harm Services

Evidence suggests that nurses often struggle to help young people who self harm. This project therefore aimed to engage with staff and young people in a young people’s centre to enable participation of young people in planning and delivering the self harm service. The themes from discussions were used to inform developments in practice including the introduction of self harm feedback forms and a patient passport.  

What we've been reading lately ....

Jo Odell, FoNS Practice Developpemnt Facilitator has been reading: Engagement: a critique of the concept and its application to person centred care by Jan Dewing and Brendan McCormack (IPDJ Vol 5, Person-centred supplement) 

Jan Dewing and Brendan McCormack present a summary discussion on engagement in the context of person-centred practice and research using a focused literature review of 30 publications and policy reports from the last five years. They conclude that many of the current definitions apply to workers rather than service users, and that further research is needed to explore what engagement looks like in different workplace cultures. I really enjoyed reading this paper and think it will offer those working in clinical practice and research, and particularly those who are working to develop or improve practice, some key insights into meaningful engagement. Dewing and McCormack offer the following implications for practice:

  • Engagement requires and leads to enhanced vigour, dedication and absorption
  • Other outcomes of engagement are energy and vitality- necessary for personal, team/group and workplace culture development
  • Engagement is an intrapersonal, interpersonal and social/group process
  • Engagement is a short term process and outcome, and needs continuous nurturing in all persons (Dewing and McCormack, 2015, p 1)

FoNS Blog

What can Leicester City’s victory in the Premiership tell us about leadership and team work? Read more …

Events

Enhancing Practice Conference 2016, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh
You are invited to join a reflective, hands-on journey through learning and development whilst engaging with various networks and hearing first hand from leading practitioners from across the globe to share, engage and enhance future practice. EP16 will uniquely link many of the priorities and directives faced by today’s healthcare leaders. Practice Development, as the constant, will reveal its potential to help meet goals for the future, including, patient and service user experience, enhancing staff wellbeing, evaluating effectiveness, creativity in learning and development, innovations in methods and methodology.

Visit the website for more information.

A Practical Guide to Developing your Skills as an Effective Ward Manager, Wednesday 18th May 2016, Birmingham

Kate Sanders will be talking about leadership development for ward managers. Kate has immense experience of working with frontline managers to help them develop the skills and attributes to be effective and confident leaders. A special rate of £250 + VAT is available to all Friends and Associates of FoNS by quoting ref: hcuk250fons when booking. Visit our events page for this and other events.

 

Read More

FoNS Weekly News - 27th April 2016

27 April 2016

IPDJ Focus

Call for papers!

The International Practice Development Journal welcomes submissions on any aspects of practice development and is pleased to receive articles from a wide range of people who approach practice development in different ways and work in different fields within health and social care. We also welcome submissions that can provide both 'internal’ and 'external' critical perspectives on practice development. The deadline for Volume 6 No 2 is 6th July 2016. Visit the journal pages for more information.

 

Volume 6 No 1 will be published on 18th May 2016. We are very excited about this issue. There’s a strong focus on reflection and reflective practice - key drivers for improvement and innovation. Papers come from a range of perspectives and it promises to be a very interesting issue.

 

What we’ve been reading

Jo Odell, Practice Development Facilitator at FoNS has been reading:

Revealing and acting on patient care experiences: exploring the use of Photovoice in practice development work through case study methodology by Nadine Janes, Barbara Cowie, Kim Bell, Penney Deratnay and Candice Fourie

This article explores the creative use of photographs to allow people who are cared for in a rehabilitation and complex continuing care setting to reveal their care experiences. It was set within a qualitative research study where staff and patients worked together as co-researchers. The main findings were that the use of Photovoice resulted in improved understanding of the factors that influence patient satisfaction with care, but that more work was needed to enable the organisation to move beyond an understanding of what matters to patients to acting on that knowledge. This article will give confidence to those working in research and practice settings wanting to explore creative and alternative ways to engage with those that receive care. It also suggests that there is a desire to go beyond simply generating knowledge to facilitating and enabling key people in an organisation to learn from that knowledge and to take action, which is, in essence, the key outcome of practice development - to create a culture of person-centred care.

 

The IPDJ welcomes comments, either directly to this newsletter or via the comment section of the journal website pages.

 

FoNS Blog 

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Imagine a nurse, let’s call her Alice. Alice has imagination and an innovative idea to improve clinical practice. She is eager to make a difference to her patients, but for her project to succeed, she must first find her way through a strange place called ‘Wonderland’. Read more ...

 

Events

Collaboration for Community Health Nursing Research (ICCHNR) Symposium:

Thursday 15th & Friday 16th September 2016, University of Kent, Canterbury, UK

Due to demand, the abstract submission deadline has been extended to 30th April 2016 midnight GMT.   Abstracts can be submitted at: http://www.icchnr.org/icchnr-symposium-2016/

 

Find out more about this event on the ICCHNR website

 

A Practical Guide to Developing your Skills as an Effective Ward Manager, Wednesday 18th May 2016, Birmingham

Kate Sanders will be talking about leadership development for ward managers at this event. Kate has immense experience of working with frontline managers to help them develop the skills and attributes to be effective and confident leaders. Her presentation is one of the opportunities that this event provides to learn from the experiences of other ward managers and nurse directors to develop your skills as an effective ward manager. The conference will update delegates on key issues facing ward managers in practice including changes to the ward manager role. 

 

Visit the website for more information and bookings.

Read More