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FoNS News: Teaching Care Homes call for comment and new project reports

22 March 2017

FoNS Blog

This week Jo Odell, FoNS Practice Development Facilitator finds inspiration in the film ‘Hidden figures’. Read more … 

 

Fostering a Culture of Effectiveness through Practice Development

3-7 July 2017, East Sussex

This learning and development opportunity could be the first step in you becoming a facilitator of change in your workplace. If you want to develop the skills, knowledge and understanding to be able to enable real changes in workplace practice and develop a workplace culture that is person-centred, honest and effective, this is the opportunity for you.

 

Places are still available, and we look forward to hearing from you. Please contact [email protected] or [email protected]

 

Visit the website for more information.

 

Teaching Care Homes draft vision: comment and critique invited

Care England and the Foundation of Nursing Studies (FoNS) would like your help in developing the concept of a Teaching Care Home. Over the last 9 months, Care England and FoNS, supported by a grant from the Department of Health have been working with 5 care homes in a pilot programme. As part of this, a draft vision for a Teaching Care Home has been created, first by the care home staff, and then further refined following 2 tweetchats and a series of round table discussions. As a work in progress, we would like to invite further comment and critique. The draft vision can be accessed from: https://www.fons.org/resources/documents/TCH-Draft-Vision-March-2017.docx

 

Please send your feedback to [email protected] by 29th March 2017.

Further information about the pilot programme can be accessed from the FoNS website. A final report will be available at the end of April.

 

Two new project reports

Improving Care and Accountability in a Busy Emergency Department Through the Use of Intentional Rounding: The Journey So Far

The ultimate aim of the project was to improve the quality of care provided in ED, by improving safety, clinical outcomes and patient experience. To achieve this, the project aimed to implement a Nottingham University Hospital’s system of Caring Around the Clock (CATC), fit for purpose within the Emergency Department.

 

Person-Centred Paediatric Care: Capturing the Experience and Collaborating for the Future

This project describes a multi-disciplinary practice development initiative supporting a clinical team to ‘hear’ the voices of children, young people and their families so that person-centred paediatric care might become a sustainable reality.

 

Patients First Programme, Workshop 3 Evaluation

The day 3 evaluation report once again stresses the value of sharing and collaborative learning. Participants are clearly making headway with their projects, though are hampered by time and workload pressures. Patients First is a partnership between FoNS and the Burdett Trust for Nursing.

 

Celebrating nursing and nurses on World Nurses Day

FoNS is making a short film (a 'Flipagram') to celebrate nurses and nursing for World Nurses Day. Interested in joining in? All you need to do is send an email to [email protected]:

A head shot photograph of yourself/selfie. Please make sure there’s no one else in the photograph.

And in the email, please tell us:

  • Your first name and job
  • What made you become a nurse?
  • What’s great about nursing?
  • What would you say to encourage the next generation of nurses?

Each answer should be short – around 140 characters. Please note we will assume that by sending your photo and responses, you are consenting to their use on the FoNS website and in publicity. Responses appreciated by Monday 3rd April. Please email [email protected] for further information.

 

Improvement Insights Vol 12

Another 10 project summaries  are availabe on the FoNS website.

  • ‘More than a sitter’: a practice development project on special observation in acute general hospital care
  • A quality review of a specialist multidisciplinary service caring for people with long-term neurological conditions/spasticity
  • Developing the integrated delivery of family intervention within community mental health teams for people with psychosis: a pilot project
  • Developing, implementing and evaluating a catheter passport
  • Evaluation of a trustwide nurse-led advice line for service users with rheumatological conditions
  • Exploring stakeholders’ perceptions of teenage and young adult cancer ambulatory care
  • Improving care and accountability in a busy emergency department through the use of intentional rounding: the journey so far
  • Improving the patient experience of toileting and management of postoperative urinary retention following elective hip and knee replacement surgery: an evidence-based approach
  • Neonatal action research: a new intubation approach
  • Non-medical management of breathlessness

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FoNS News: Can you help us with a film for World Nurses Day?

15 March 2017

Celebrating nursing and nurses on World Nurses Day

FoNS is making a short film (a 'Flipagram') to celebrate nurses and nursing for World Nurses Day. Interested in joining in? All you need to do is send an email to [email protected]:

A head shot photograph of yourself/selfie. Please make sure there’s no one else in the photograph.

And in the email, please tell us:

  • Your first name and job
  • What made you become a nurse?
  • What’s great about nursing?
  • What would you say to encourage the next generation of nurses?

 

Each answer should be short – around 140 characters.

 

Please note we will assume that by sending your photo and responses, you are consenting to their use on the FoNS website and in publicity. Responses appreciated by Monday 3rd April.

 

Please email [email protected] for further information.

 

The FoNS Website

The FoNS website has been undergoing a bit of ‘behind the scenes’ upgrades and we have now moved to the secure url https://www.fons.org/ . If you have us on any of your bookmarks, please can you update them?

 

FoNS Blog

This week FoNS CEO Theresa Shaw talks about FoNS @ 30. One of the original reasons for setting up FoNS was the need, at the time, to support nurses to get research off the shelves and into practice. Theresa looks at FoNS’s early investigations and asks how much has changed? Read more…

 

FoNS Hosted IPDC Practice Development School

3-7 July 2017

This learning and development opportunity could be the first step in you becoming a facilitator of change in your workplace. This school aims to equip frontline professionals in health and social care with the understanding, knowledge and skills to go to their workplace and work in such a way that they can start to nurture and develop a workplace culture which is more effective, safer, more open and responsive and ultimately more person-centred.

 

This is an opportunity to develop yourself as an effective leader in health or social care so that you can:

  • Become the sort of leader who can generate a more effective and positive workplace culture
  • Have the skills, knowledge and expertise to support colleagues and challenge when needed
  • Become a resourceful, creative and reflective practitioner who is able to work in different ways to benefit the service

Perhaps you’re interested but assuming your workplace won’t fund it? It’s really worth asking because many places do fund and then go on to benefit. Alternatively, many trusts have linked charities which may provide funds.

 

To read more and to book your place, visit our website.

 

Playing our Part: Read the full report

Vital reading for anyone in mental health, this report outlines key actions for employers, regulators, educators. The report shows there is strong support for the work of graduate and registered mental health nurses from people who use or have used mental health services. You can download the report from: https://www.fons.org/library/archives/publications or go to the MHNurses blog page for background and data https://mhnurses.wordpress.com/

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FoNS News: Last call for the Richard Tompkins Nurse Development Scholarship

08 March 2017

Last call for applications for the Richard Tompkins Scholarship

As it’s out 30th anniversary year, we will be offering up to 3 scholarship places so please think about applying. The first Richard Tompkins Scholar was Chris Benson, and she sums up the benefits quite succinctly:

Having been successful in receiving the Richard Tompkins Scholarship in July 2013, I would strongly recommend that you apply for this opportunity. I attended a residential school followed by a year’s mentorship with FoNS. Together they have had a huge impact on my ability to support and progress practice development in my work place (an adult hospice), enhance my facilitation skills, and help me to develop a more effective management style. I feel I have grown as both a clinician and an individual, and have gained skills that I know I will continue to develop over the rest of my career. FoNS are an exceptional team to work with, and I would encourage anyone to engage with the great work they are involved in.

 

Visit the website, download the application form, make sure you can secure an internal sponsor at a senior/strategic level so you can maximise the opportunities and apply by 5pm on 13th March 2017.

 

International Foundation Practice Development School

This IPDC school is open to anyone in health and social care who is interested in being able to provide better care for patients and service users. But the school doesn’t tell you how to be a better carer! The focus of this school is on developing you as a person and a leader who will be able to go back to the work place and really make a difference.

 

FoNS brings a wealth of experience to its schools and all our facilitators have extensive experience working with nurses and healthcare professionals in practice. The level of expertise, commitment and passion of those delivering the school is part of what makes this school so special. The focus of the school is on practice. Attendance not only provides participants with a repertoire of skills, tools and techniques that will equip them to lead and manage a variety of situations – particularly in relation to helping colleagues see their practice in new ways and encouraging responsibility, but is also transformational, equipping participants with personal resources that will have applicability and transferability into the future.

 

Prices are being held this year and the location is the beautiful Herstmonceux Castle in East Sussex. This is a value for money opportunity – register now via the schools page!

 

Playing our Part: The work of graduate and registered mental health nurses

Vital reading for anyone in mental health, this report outlines key actions for employers, regulators and educators. The report shows there is strong support for the work of graduate and registered mental health nurses from people who use or have used mental health services. You can download the report from the FoNS website or go to the MHNurses blog page for background and data. 

 

FoNS has supported a range of projects with a mental health focus. Click the links below to go straight to the pdf of the report summary.

 

FoNS Blog

This week Avril Sharman, a participant on the Patients First Programme, talks about her experiences of the first two-day workshop and their project at Royal Bournemouth Hospital. Read more … 

 

IPDJ Focus

A year on: a critical reflection on entering the world of practice development by Chris Benson (first RTS scholar)

In this paper, Chris reflects on her learning during the scholarship year and on its impact on her professional and personal growth. She describes how this experience has enabled her to examine her own values and beliefs about practice development, develop her facilitation skills and work towards becoming an effective nurse leader by integrating the principles of practice development into everyday practice.

 

Events

Vibrant health summit: building sustainable healthy futures together

Canterbury, Kent, Thursday 20 - Friday 21 July 2017

This two day appreciative inquiry summit hosted by the England Centre for Practice Development, is based on principles of active participation and empowerment. The summit will provide creative opportunities for participants to co-design sustainable solutions to some of the health and wellbeing challenges we face today by pooling people’s experiences, creativity, ideas and resources, defining key challenges and opportunities and connecting people to co-create a blue print for change in our local communities.

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FoNS New: Playing our Part - Report out Now

01 March 2017

FoNS Blog

This week FoNS Chair of Trustees, Emeritus Professor Tony Butterworth CBE talks about the new FoNS report: Playing our Part: The work of graduate and registered mental health nurses in the United Kingdom 2017.

  • He highlights the innovative approach which was taken throughout the investigation
  • The key messages of the report
  • The step changes we feel are required

But now it’s over to the profession, professional organisations, regulators, employers and nurse educators to take this forward. And we’d really love to hear your thoughts through the comment option.

 

Visit the blog page.

 

Playing our Part: The work of graduate and registered mental health nurses in the United Kingdom 2017.

Report now available for download via the FoNS Publications page.

 

Richard Tompkins Nurse Development Scholarship

Applications for this prestigious award are coming in. The scholarship offers a unique combination of learning and development at the FoNS-hosted IPDC Practice Development School and on-going mentorship and support to embed the learning, innovate in practice and potentially publish in the IPDJ. There’s still time to apply.

  • A fantastic experience of support, challenge and creativity
  • An opportunity to immerse yourself in new and creative ways of working
  • The chance to explore what you already know, fresh ways of using what you know and exposure to new, practical tools and resources
  • A relationship of high support and high challenge
  • An opportunity to discuss how to integrate new learning into everyday work, supporting and developing staff and supporting a positive, person centred workplace culture
  • Help to work with teams in more creative and collaborative ways
  • Support to influence positive change and ensure person centred care is optimised in a sustainable way

Don’t miss the deadline: 13th March 2017. Visit the website.

 

FoNS-hosted IPDC Practice Development School 3-7 July 2017

Perhaps the scholarship is not what you’re looking for or you’re an ALP? The FoNS-hosted Practice Development School, which is one part of the scholarship, is also available as a stand-alone development opportunity. Held in the beautiful Herstmonceux Castle in Sussex, this value-for-money opportunity is a fantastic chance to learn, grow, reflect and develop. We know that traditional approaches, telling people what to do, don’t work. This school is based on different approaches and will help you develop different approaches yourself. It’s very practical in its orientation – it’s about things you can take back to your workplace. Find out more on the FoNS website.

 

New project on the FoNS website

Improving the Journey for the Patient Undergoing Orthopaedic Surgery

The team in the orthopaedic outpatient department at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital offer a one stop service where patients who require planned surgery can be booked an operation slot and receive a pre-operative assessment while in the department. There then may be a 10 week wait for the surgery, which means that sometimes, patients can’t have the surgery on the day because they have forgotten or were unaware of vital information in relation to the strict criteria for surgery, such as the requirement to stop taking antibiotics or steroids for 2 weeks prior to surgery. This obviously causes distress and disruption for the patient but also means that the service is not being as efficient as possible, as patients will need to be re-booked. The team are looking at innovations to try and stop this happening in the future.

 

The Art of Caring - International Art Exhibition - Call for submissions

The Art of Caring, now in its 3rd year, is an art exhibition to celebrate and show support for nurses, carers and the NHS. It’s free to enter an artwork or haiku that demonstrates your passion for this theme. Visit the website for more information. Closing date 3rd April 2017.

 

Events

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. Here you will learn about the latest developments within the academic and practice setting, explore the work of the RCN in shaping the future of nursing education and practice and share experiences of what’s happening in their area. The conference is aimed at all nurses and allied healthcare professionals involved in educating students and practising nurses and HCSWs including academic and practice setting and covers all areas of nursing including acute, primary and community care.

Visit the website for more information about this event.

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FoNS News: New patron and report launch on the work of mental health nurses

22 February 2017

FoNS announces new patron

FoNS is delighted to announce that Baroness Mary Watkins of Tavistock has agreed to become FoNS’ new patron. Lady Watkins will also be the special guest at the launch of ‘Playing our Part: A report on the work of graduate and registered mental health nurses’.

 

Playing our Part: A report on the work of graduate and registered mental health nurses

Launch 27th February 2017

Following our year-long investigation into the work of graduate and registered mental health nurses, we offer 20 key messages that have emerged from our work with the profession, people who use services, researchers, policy makers and educators. In addition, we suggest 6 step changes with practical suggestions that should make a positive difference to both service delivery and to the profession.

 

The report will be available to download on the FoNS website from Tuesday 28th February 2017. 

 

FoNS Blog

With social care featuring heavily in the news, especially in terms of the pressures on acute care, Theresa Shaw’s timely blog looks at the experiences of care home managers, nurses and healthcare assistants through their own words. She highlights a range of blogs written by participants on the ‘Teaching Care Homes’ pilot programme; some really great positive and inspiring stories. Read more …

 

Richard Tompkins Nurse Development Scholarship

This unique scholarship offers the opportunity to attend the FoNS hosted IPDC Practice Development School described below (fees, accommodation and travel all covered) as part of the package of benefits. But while other awards offer educational opportunities, this scholarship includes ongoing mentorship to consolidate and embed the learning from the school AND the opportunity to be supported to publish in the IPDJ. This is unique!

 

Don’t miss out on this opportunity – closing date 13th March 2017

Here’s the website link: https://www.fons.org/programmes/scholarships

 

FoNS Hosted Practice Development School

3rd-7th July 2017

If the scholarship is not for you at this time, but your interested in the school, places are still available.

  • FoNS has a unique approach based on our understanding of the current healthcare environment and our closeness to practice. We work with nurses in clinical practice on a daily basis
  • There may be funding available from employers, trusts or associated charities and it’s always worth asking. Most of our participants are funded and employers recognise the value of the school for their organisation
  • This is a very practical course, it’s about developing the knowledge, skills and understanding of how to create cultures at work where care is safe, effective and person-centred
  • It’s great value for money; 5-day residential, full board in a fantastic, inspiring location 

What do previous participants say after 6 months?

  • It [the school] helped me take a step back and I now use my passion for nursing to inspire others to make the changes rather than at times trying to rescue. It’s helped them (the team) take ownership of their practice and enabled them to have access to support that helps them lead on developments.
  • It had a huge influence upon everything that I do and how I do it …the ways that I work with people by helping them to explore challenges and find solutions results in them designing their own ways forward which can create greater commitment to action and increased confidence in them exercising their professional voice and expressing values.
  • [The school] made me think beyond my usual pattern of thinking. It has positively affected my practice…
  • I’ve changed my outlook in lots of ways, which I feel has benefitted my learning and practice, and those whom I mentor. 

Further information and the registration form are available on our website or email [email protected] for more information.

 

New project details on the FoNS website 

Nurse-led Clinics for Children and Teenagers in the Children’s Haematology and Oncology Day Unit

The team at Leeds Children’s Hospital were concerned because although their ‘care is brilliant’, their ‘clinics often run late’, which can cause frustration to patients and their families. The aim of the project is to further develop nurse-led services to reduce clinic waiting times and provide the opportunity for a holistic review of care and support needs to help empower children, teenagers and their families to maximise their ability to manage their care. 

 

More details are available on the website.

 

Call for speaker interest: Assessment and Management of the Frail Older Person: Experience, evidence and the future

This event is aimed at the multi-disciplinary team to explore innovation, experience, evidence and excellence in practice, that can be shared with colleagues from all over the UK.

Visit the website to see the list of potential subject areas. Deadline for outlines of talk title and content: 24th February 2017

 

Call for abstracts: Nurse Clinics 2017

Submission Deadline: Friday 17th March 2017

Healthcare Conferences UK is calling for submissions of abstracts for oral presentation or poster display for this November 2017 event for those planning, managing or running nurse-led clinics.

Visit the website for submission details.  

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