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FoNS News: New report and calling all novice writers!

10 January 2018

New report on FoNS website

Parent Action: Enabling, Advocacy, Empowering

Families raising children with disabilities often feel socially isolated and may feel that they lack support. Parent Action is an organisation which seeks to empower the parents of children and young people with disabilities/ serious long-term health conditions/continuing care needs, to advocate effectively for all their family members’ needs. This report shows how the use of practice development methods, particularly person-centred facilitation, enabled and empowered the parent participants in the project (and the project lead) to become more connected with the supports and resources in their local communities.



In this week's blog, Jo Odell, FoNS Practice Development Facilitator, talks about forum theatre as a way of exploring what we might say or do in a particular work scenario, a more creative way of learning in and from practice. Read more...



Don't miss the Creating Caring Cultures Masterclass (London 22 Jan 2018)

There are still places available for this 'hands on' masterclass:

  • How to be proactive in terms of workplace culture
  • Tools and techniques
  • Take home action plan for your workplace
  • All materials provided

Discounts available via the FoNS website.


Funding opportunity (Scotland)

The General Nursing Council and Margaret Callum Rodger awards are used by registered nurses and midwives in Scotland to undertake educational developments, study tours or carry out small scale projects, which must make a difference to patient or client care. Visit the website for more information. This opportunity came via the RCN Research and Innovation Bulletin - sign up for free via the RCN website.


International Practice Development Journal

Vol 8 No 1 of the International Practice Development Journal will be published in May 2018. The submission deadline is 16th January, though you can submit at any time. We welcome submissions of ‘Original Practice Development and Research’ articles, ‘Critical Reflections’ and ‘Ideas and Influences’. Submission details on the website.


Novice writer for publication?

The IPDJ can support you in publishing, thorough pre-publishing support and a supportive review process.

Here are just a few of the excellent articles written by (at the time) novice writers:

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FoNS News: New Year, New Insights

03 January 2018

Happy New Year 2018

We are looking forward to inspiring new developments and building on existing successes


New volume of Improvement Insights out!

Short summaries of recent projects with implications for practice. It's probably tempting to focus on the specialty, but we'd urge you to have a look at some others – they all have insights to share and may inspire you in some way.

Bump, baby and beyond’ – creative ways of designing antenatal preparation sessions in collaboration with women

Do you need to think of new and innovative ways of getting people on board – be they staff, patients or carers?

Can we talk? A person-centred approach to medication management in an acute psychiatric ward

Routine tasks can be made part of therapeutic engagement

EIDDER: early intervention dual diagnosis engagement and recovery

Importance on on-going collaboration and engagement

Implementing and evaluating My Healthcare Passport: a participatory action research project

How can you include people who aren’t usually included?

Improving the experience of acute hospital care for people with a learning disability within Hywel Dda University Health Board

A variety of stakeholders will bring multiple perspectives

Person-centred paediatric care: capturing the experience and collaborating for the future

What matters to your patients and carers?

Recovery and wellness post ICU: using patient diaries

The value of lunch and supper sessions

The effectiveness of spikenard essential oil in the management of agitation and distress in end-of-life care

Any project will have unexpected and additional benefits

The school nurse rucksack

Involving children and young people in important conversations

Yoga for people living with dementia in residential care settings

Holistic wellbeing

Dementia UK vacancies

Professional & Practice Development Facilitators for Admiral Nursing - 1 in South West of England and 1 in West Midlands/South Wales (Full-time)

Dementia UK is looking to appoint a professional and practice development facilitator to support the development of Admiral Nursing.

International Practice Development Journal

Vol 8 No 1 of the International Practice Development Journal will be published in May 2018. The submission deadline for the next issue is 16th January. We welcome submissions of ‘Original Practice Development and Research’ articles, ‘Critical Reflections’ and ‘Ideas and Influences’. Submission details on the website.

Top Ten IPDJ Downloads 2017:

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Seasonal wishes from FoNS

20 December 2017

FoNS Blog

This week FoNS Associate Facilitator and Independent Consultant Abigail Masterson talks about being a nursing 'ancestor' and who were the generous and influential individuals that supported her and shaped her career. Read more …


New report on FoNS website

Life Stories for Wellbeing at Garden House Hospice

Essential reading. This feedback from those that took part speaks for itself.

 Even with the sadness everyone has gone through, and a lot of sadness to come, [these sessions] are very helpful because I remember things that gave me joy.

I like the diversity of people. The props are really good, they get your brain going. I'm enjoying it. It's good in terms of our lives at the moment when we spend so much time being asked how we are, how's our condition, how's the medication - this takes you away from all that. It takes you back to who you are.


Leading and facilitating person-centred cultures of care – an advanced facilitation development school

An intensive school at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, 19-23 Feb 2018. This school draws on person-centred theory, principles and practices with a focus on creating inclusive, participatory and collaborative cultures. Click here for the flyer and email [email protected] for further information and bookings.


Dementia UK vacancies

Professional & Practice Development Facilitators for Admiral Nursing - 1 in South West of England and 1 in West Midlands/South Wales (Full-time)

Dementia UK is looking to appoint a professional and practice development facilitator to support the development of Admiral Nursing.

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FoNS News: Project report, Sue Pembrey Award and IPDJ reviews

13 December 2017

FoNS Blog

It's widely acknowledged that reflection is a valuable way to learn, develop and grow - but how do you find the time in the busyness of day-to-day practice? A blog by Kate Sanders. Read more …


New report: Let's Talk about Miscarriage

The project idea developed from a growing awareness of the lack of support currently offered to women who experience a miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy. During the project, ten patient stories were gathered from which three main themes emerged identifying what is important to women about their care:

  • Safe Space – providing a space which is private with supportive staff
  • Active Listening – individualised treatment
  • Honest and Open Relationships – sensitive but factual and truthful information giving

These patient stories have been a powerful driver of change within the service.


The 2017 Sue Pembrey Award

The award ceremony was held on Friday 8th December at the University of York. It was hosted by Professor Steven Ersser and presented by Professor Tony Butterworth, Chair of FoNS. The presentation followed a lecture from Dr Debbie Carrick-Sen entitled ‘Transforming care, innovation and leadership through clinical academic roles’. Dr Sue Pembrey was one of the UK's outstanding nursing leaders of the late twentieth century. Her primary contributions included supporting the academic development of clinical nursing and the development of nursing practice through the strengthening of the ward sister's leadership role and pioneering a commitment to patient/person-centred hospital care; still important today.


Please visit the website for more information and photos.


What we’ve been reading lately!

Practice development and allied health – a review of the literature by Patricia Bradd, Joanne Travaglia and Andrew Hayen

This article clearly shows the need for practice developers to reach out to AHPs. It’s important to enhance multidisciplinary teamwork and improve quality outcomes. What’s required is ‘systematic strategies to foster interest in practice development, a shared understanding of the language of practice development and stronger systems to engage AHPs’ (p 20).


Towards radical praxis through a new formation in practice development by Toni Wright

This article challenges practice developers to look critically at their practice, to consider the ways in which they can make it more socially just. Drawing on feminist critical social praxis, it is a confronting read, suggesting that practice development can reproduce and maintain structures of oppression. It calls on practice developers to pay greater attention to privilege, committing to creating and sustaining socially just spaces, places, cultures and environments and being truly inclusive of those at the margins. Plenty of food for thought in this one!


Using reflection and visual representation to analyse and build leadership capacity, through a personal account of exemplary leadership by Genevieve Maiden

This critical reflection article is based on a critical incident that the author was involved in relation to a terrorist attack in London. She witnessed exemplary leadership attributes from a junior member of staff and has compared what she witnessed against the five attributes of leadership identified by Kouzes and Posner (2012). She then goes on to identify the implications for her own leadership development using visualisation with Lego blocks. The authors final conclusions are that by developing these exemplary leadership traits, there is the opportunity to transform the “ordinary” into the “extraordinary” to inspire and develop effective and caring cultures for both staff and patients alike.


Call for Abstracts: Enhancing Practice 2018

The Enhancing Practice Conferences are known as an international forum for practice developers. We invite delegates from clinical practice, leadership, management, education, research, and health policy to submit an abstract for a concurrent session, ‘show & tell’ display, creative space or symposia addressing any one of the following healthcare priorities:

  • Leading and leadership within Practice Development
  • Fostering healthy workplace cultures
  • Facilitating inter-generational person-centred cultures

More information is available on the website.

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FoNS News: New Reports and IPDJ focus

06 December 2017

FoNS Blog 

This week FoNS CEO, Theresa Shaw, shares her final [email protected] blog, and starts to look forward to the future. Read more …


Improving workplace culture

Places still available for the Creating Caring Cultures Masterclass, 22 January 2018: a hands-on introduction to developing more person-centred workplace cultures. Ideal opportunity for frontline leaders, you will come out of the masterclass with your own personal action plan. Discounts available via the FoNS website.



Not so much in the headlines now but we're guessing that quite a few of you will be coming up for revalidation in the new year. Don't forget FoNS has produced a really helpful video animation to help you, along with resources which you can use at any time as part of quality improvement activity and to build up your CPD.   


New reports on the FoNS website 

Exploring Health and Wellbeing in Prison through a Peer Research Approach 

Key implications for practice:

  • Those in prison are known to have poorer health than their counterparts within the community 
  • The impact of prison on health is complicated and little understood. It may protect health (through improved access to health and education) or negatively impact health (through social and cultural isolation) 
  • Those in prison are the experts in their experience and best placed to advise how living in prison impacts their health 
  • The peer-research approach worked well and should be considered for use in other prison settings

Valuable lessons for healthcare professionals in any sector. 


Making Additional/Special Observations Meaningful for Patients Living with a Diagnosis of Dementia 

Throughout the project a number of methods and approaches were used to engage the ward nursing team but also the key stakeholders in the trust. This has resulted in a number of initiatives being introduced. Such as the: 

  • development of a new policy which was named the ‘Therapeutic Observations and Engagement Policy’ 
  • introduction of carer passports which provided open visiting to family members of people with a diagnosis of dementia 
  • development of a business case for the creation of a Dementia Care Enhanced Team which will consist of staff at band 2 level who will work across the medical division to provide 1:1 care for patients with a diagnosis of dementia over a 24hr period 
  • development and opening of a dementia café in the entrance of the hospital that provides 24 hr access for patients, families and staff. The café is supported by Alzheimer Society volunteers on a regular basis offering support and advice  

IPDJ Focus 

A case study exploring the experience of resilience-based clinical supervision and its influence on care towards self and others among student nurses by Gemma Stacey, Aimee Aubeeluck, Grace Cook and Snigdha Dutta

Review by Giselle Cope 

This articles offers an insight into how a newly developed intervention - Resilience-Based Clinical Supervision (RBCS) has enhanced the resilience based competencies of pre-registered nursing students. The authors conclude, that the use of such a model has the potential to improve resilience and transition to practice, and may support individuals to develop competencies that would allow individuals to recognise the emotional motivations underpinning their responses. However, RBCS only enhanced the effectiveness of clinical supervision where there was a continued commitment to this approach at both individual and organisational level. A very interesting read. 


Narrative competence in caring encounters with persons with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities by Anita Gjermestad 

If part of being a person is our ‘story’, what about people with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities who don’t have language? This article includes 2 profound examples of how healthcare professionals became better able to understand their patients; Kate Sanders remarked: it ‘exemplifies person-centredness’. Daniel Marsden commented ‘I was struck by the enthusiasm to engage staff in actively listening to this traditionally disenfranchised group of people. The practice in this regard has many implications across the world and in particular in the context of the UN Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities.’ 


RCNi Awards 

Have you worked on a project which has made a real difference to patient care?  RCNi wants to hear about it!  RCNi celebrates the amazing work that nurses do through RCNi Nurse Awards. There are 14 categories of award. 
Entry deadline 9th Feb 2018 

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