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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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FoNS Weekly News - 22nd June 2016

22 June 2016

Blog

This week Theresa Shaw, FoNS CEO talks about our new initiative with Care England, funded by the Department of Health, to develop ‘Teaching Care Homes’: centres of excellence in teaching, learning and care. Read more ...

 

IPDJ Focus

Quality improvement – rival or ally of practice development? by Gavin Lavery

If practice development ‘shares aims and ideas with quality improvement’ then surely the two ‘could have a shared agenda’ (p 2)? In this paper, Gavin Lavery considers the similarities and differences and argues that ‘Bringing the strengths of practice development and quality improvement together could fashion a blended approach stronger than either alone’ (p 4). We’d strongly encourage everyone to read this paper and join the debate. 

 

Reflection and person-centredness in practice development by Kylie Smith

A consideration of the role of reflection in the development of person-centred care, this paper looks at the need for critical reflection, for reflexivity. As Kylie says ‘Reflexivity is only learned through the practice of practice, through trial and error. But it must be underpinned by willingness, compassion, honesty and a commitment to changing not just the self, but the culture within which healthcare is provided’ (p 5). This paper is a great reminder of why reflection is so important and as it reviews the Critical Reflection on Practice Development papers in Vol 6 No 1, it reminds us that critical reflection is a rich and varied thing.

 

New Project Report on the FoNS Website

Improving Person-centred Care for Hospice Patients who have Difficulty Expressing their Needs

The team at St Gemma’s Hospice originally set out to improve the management of pain for people with dementia or cognitive impairment, but soon realised that there was more value in ‘Helping Us Understand You’ than simply pain management. They realised that developing an understanding of their patients, preferably over a period of time, was a key part of developing more person-centred care for all.

 

This project was supported by the Patients First Programme (see below).

 

Patients First Programme

The Patients First Programme supports teams across the UK in any health or social care setting. Over the years, we have had a huge variety, but today we’d like to focus on hospice settings. As you can see from the titles below, the teams we have supported have focussed on many different aspects of hospice life and palliative care. They are locally focussed innovations putting patients at the centre of care, though many teams find that the detail of the focus changes as they involve colleagues and patients. Please visit our website and contact FoNS to discuss your ideas. 

Project reports

 

Current projects

 

You can make a difference with the Patients First Programme!

 

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.

 

M&K Publishing – special offer for FoNS Friends and Associates

For FoNS Friends and Associates only, we are pleased to offer a 10% discount of all M&K Publishing books when ordered via the M&K website. This discount applies to books but not postage (although if orders exceed £75 then P&P is free). Orders will need to be paid for at the time of ordering, we are unable to apply discount to invoiced orders. The offer cannot be applied retrospectively to orders already placed.

 

The discount code members need to use (which is case sensitive) is: fonsmember16 www.mkupdate.co.uk

 

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FoNS Weekly News - 15th June 2016

15 June 2016

Congratulations

FoNS would like to congratulate Chair of Trustees Professor Tony Butterworth CBE on the well-deserved award of the Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing Lifetime Achievement Award at the recent Skellern lecture for his considerable contribution to mental health nursing.

 

FoNS Blog

This week the Patients First Team talk about how the Patients First Programme can address two of the pressing issues in healthcare today: the need for continual and on-going improvement and innovation, and the need to be cost conscious. Read more...

 

The Patients First Programme

As you probably know, it’s the combination of the 3 elements of the Patients First Programme that make it unique. They are:

  • Six workshops where all the teams get together with FoNS to learn and share
  • The visits by programme co-ordinator Jo Odell to help you use your new learning in practical ways, to help, support, guide and problem solve with you and to challenge and celebrate with you along the way
  • The bursary to support you in practical ways (travel, accommodation, meeting rooms, back-fill) and to demonstrate that you have the backing of FoNS

 

But perhaps you’re wondering what the experience of the programme is like. The best people to ask are the current and past participants, like Linda Phillips. She talks in this blog (on the LD Nurse Research website) about what it’s been like for her and her team.

 

The Patients First Programme is a great opportunity and we encourage everyone to consider applying and pass this on to colleagues. We are currently supporting a wide range of teams in a variety of settings. Please visit our website to read more. 

 

IPDJ Focus

Using poems to explore the meaning of compassion to undergraduate nursing students by Kirsten Jack and Josie Tetley

Poetry offers students and educators a chance to explore and develop insights into compassion, and to understand the challenges in real world practice and in emotional terms. The poems, some presented in their entirety and some in extracts, are a moving and powerful way of exploring what compassion and care mean. Five main themes emerged, but the authors invite you to become co-researcher yourself and explore your own meanings.

 

This paper is not only for students, educators and researchers, we would highly recommend it to all nurses in practice.

 

Events

Delivering Excellence in Palliative Care, 2nd March 2017, Manchester

This event focuses on innovative approaches and excellence in practice development across a variety of settings and areas of the country. Talks are designed to share knowledge and experiences using evidence that can be taken back and used. The structure of the day lends itself to interacting with all the speakers and providing the opportunity to network and exchange ideas and information with palliative care colleagues from all over the country.

 

Visit the website for more information.

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FoNS Weekly News - 8th June 2016

08 June 2016

FoNS Celebrates Innovation and Excellence

FoNS was delighted to welcome Patients First participants from Year 6 to their last workshop day.  There were presentations from all the teams and an amazing atmosphere of celebration and achievement.

 

For the evening event, we were delighted to welcome further guests including Jane Cummings, Chief Nursing Officer for England. Jane talked about the current nursing environment. She highlighted the synergy between the new nursing framework ‘Leading Change, Adding Value’ and the work of FoNS, in particular:

  • Promoting investment in innovation and transformational activities
  • Promoting life-long learning in practice
  • The importance of leadership at all levels - leading together for a person-centred future
  • Enabling frontline teams to innovate

 

In the evening we also had a poster competition for Patients First and Practice-based Development and Research participants. We would like to congratulate Ruth Magowan, Tracey Millin and Ann Chalmers. They won the poster competition (voted by guests) for their poster Person-centred Paediatric Care: Capturing the Experience and Collaborating for the Future.

 

Patients First Programme Year 8 – open for applications

Over the past seven years, 80 nurses-led teams and numerous patients and carers have experienced the benefit of Patients First. Supported by the Burdett Trust for Nursing, this annual programme has a proven track record of successful innovations and personal development. At a time when the quality of healthcare and nursing practice is under tremendous scrutiny, Patients First offers teams a fantastic opportunity to show how nurses, midwives and health visitors are leading innovation and championing a practice culture where care is the best it can be.

 

The programme offers a unique combination of 3 elements:

  • 6 workshops to learn from the FoNS team and share your experiences with the other teams
  • Visits every 6-8 weeks from the dedicated FoNS Practice Development Facilitator – an opportunity to get tailored support for your particular project
  • A bursary of up to £5000 to pay for travel, accommodation and time out of practice

 

Perhaps you think you’re too busy for the programme. We would urge you to think about applying, firstly because this is such a great opportunity. Secondly, the programme offers the means to focus on what really matters. Finally, the bursary can be used to pay for back fill, to free up some time for project related activities.

 

Visit our website to find out more, and call/email us to talk through your ideas.

 

FoNS Blog

This week Carolyn Cleveland, Founder and Managing Director, C&C Empathy Training talks about the importance and challenges of empathy. Read more...

 

BMJ World Nurses Day Offer

Offer open until 12th June 2016: 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.

 

Events

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

Theme is transition and innovation on learning disability practice. Visit the website for more information.

 

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

This conference focuses on the important issue of nurse/non medical prescribing in end of life care. The conference, which includes national updates, extended in-depth sessions and case studies, will focus on developing your skills as a non medical/nurse prescriber in end of life care.

 

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

 

Visit the website for more information and for bookings.

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