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.
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.
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.