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FoNS News: Campaigns, events and scholarships

24 May 2017

Fostering a Culture of Effectiveness through Practice Development

There has been a lot of interest in this fantastic and career changing development opportunity. Perhaps you too are interested but are hampered by difficulties with funding?

 

At FoNS, we say this week long, all-in residential school is very good value for money, especially when compared to a lot of what’s on offer. As well as the programmend sessions, because the school is residential, the learning continues... But you don’t have to listen to us! Listen to people who’ve experienced this learning and development opportunity for themselves.

  • A happier, more productive workforce who provide consistently high standards of care
  • I recognise that I needed to listen to others more and how important it is for people to feel valued and included in order to make a difference
  • The biggest success is supporting a ‘failing’ ward to take ownership and be responsible for and to lead changes in practice and its development for themselves. They are now the best ward we have in terms of development practices
  • The elements I have used have really worked, have really involved people in change and empowered them
  • I have become more assertive with my colleagues, discussing and challenging the rationale behind practices

It’s clear from this feedback that this is an opportunity for the wider workforce, which makes it really good value-for-money! Visit the website for more information.

 

FoNS Blog

This week Kate Sanders talks about the International Practice Development Journal, what it stands for and what it publishes. Read more …

 

John’s Campaign

John’s Campaign is devoted to campaigning for the right of people with dementia to be supported by their family carers. Behind its simple statement of purpose lies the belief that carers should not just be allowed but should be welcomed, and that collaboration between patient and all connected with them is crucial to their health and their well-being.

 

Visit the website to find out more about signing up.

 

The care of people with dementia

Here are some links to work which is focussed on the care of people living with dementia.

 

Events

Mental Health in Primary Care, King’s Fund London, 7 June

This event will showcase some of the best practice taking place across England in integrating mental health and primary care, demonstrating the benefits for both the mental health and primary care workforce and providing more joined-up and holistic care for patients and service users. Visit the website for bookings. See you there!

 

Enhancing Person-Centred Practice in Health Care 5 Day - International Summer School, Northern Ireland, 31 July – 4 August

The aim of the International Summer School is to enable students to understand key principles underpinning person-centred practice in healthcare through engagement with the theory and practice of person-centredness and related evidence. Email [email protected] for more information.

 

Save the date!

Enhancing Practice Conference 2018 Leading and Facilitating within Practice Development in Healthcare 22nd – 24th August 2018, Basel, Switzerland

Learn more at www.epc2018.org

 

Scholarships

Florence Nightingale Foundation

Closing date 11th September 2017

Closing date: 21st July 2017

 

Winston Churchill Memorial Trust

Closing date: 19th September 2017. 

 

 

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FoNS News: Celebrating Nursing and IPDJ Vol 7 No 1 Out Now!

17 May 2017

Have you seen our International Nursing Day videos?

Delightful short videos of nurses talking about why they became nurses, what’s great about nursing and what they would say to future generations. Every day should be nurses day! So why not watch today?

 

FoNS Blog

This week, Jo Odell, FoNS Practice Development Facilitator talks about the opening of the Sonder Dementia Café, Stepping Hill Hospital, Stockport, Manchester. Read more …

 

International Practice Development Journal Volume 7 No 1: Out Now!

1. Editorial: Enabling the publication of practice based experiences and projects

The editorial is written by Jan Dewing, IPDJ Academic Editor 

Original Practice Development and Research

2. Reflecting differently. New dimensions: reflection-before-action and reflection-beyond-action

Sharon Edwards

3. Nurses’ experience of creating an artistic instrument as a form of professional development: an arts-informed narrative inquiry

Neelam Walji-Jivraj and Jasna K. Schwind

Critical Reflection on Practice Development

4. Critical reflection: the struggle of a practice developer

Rebekkah Middleton

5. Using appreciative inquiry to research practice development

Lillian Hung

6. Facilitating person-centred after-death care: unearthing assumptions, tradition and values through practice development

Barbara Anderson

7. A critical reflection on the use of a pop quiz: how a care home is building a person-centred culture by understanding a person’s uniqueness

Kelly Marriott-Statham

8. Reflecting on practice development school for pre-registration nurses: a student nurse perspective

Chelsea Agate

9. Medical students volunteering in hospital: a novel method of exploring and recording the patient experience

Monica Lorraina Hytiris, Fraser Prentice and Deborah Baldie

10. Novice to transformational leader – a personal critical reflection

Kenneth Adedeji Adetokunbo Adegoke

Poetry

11. Patient notes

Pádraig Ó Tuama

Commentaries

12. Overcoming synecdoche: why practice development and quality improvement approaches should be better integrated

Commentary on: Lavery, G. (2016) Quality improvement – rival or ally of practice development?

Kim Manley, Andreas Büscher, Carrie Jackson, Stephen J. O’Connor and Heiko Stehling

13. Commentary: Is it possible to bring the emancipatory practice development and evidence-based practice agendas together in nursing and midwifery?

Commentary on: Fairbrother, G., Cashin, A., Mekki, T., Graham, I. and McCormack, B. (2015) Is it possible to bring the emancipatory practice development and evidence-based practice agendas together in nursing and midwifery? 

Debbie Roberts and Lynne Williams

Mental Health in Primary Care, King’s Fund, London, 7 June 2017

This event will showcase some of the best practice taking place across England in integrating mental health and primary care, demonstrating the benefits for both the mental health and primary care workforce and providing more joined-up and holistic care for patients and service users.

What will you gain at this event?

  • Updates onthe national picture and the support national bodies are providing towards more integrated working.
  • Learning from the vanguards on how their new care models incorporate mental health in primary care settings.
  • Case studies on how joint working can help GPs support people with complex needs, new roles for IAPT services (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies), and innovative approaches towards supporting people with a range of mental health problems in primary care.
  • Discussions on how to best support and develop the primary care and mental health workforce.

Visit the website for more information and bookings.

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FoNS News: FoNS Celebrates Nursing

10 May 2017

Celebrating Nurses on International Nurses Day

FoNS has produced two videos celebrating nurses. Nurses from across the profession talk about why they because nurses, what’s great about nursing and what they would say to future generations of nurses. The videos will be available to view via YouTube on Friday – you can access them via the FoNS Common Room page. Please share!

 

FoNS at RCN Congress

FoNS is delighted to be supporting the RCN Congress in Liverpool this week. Please come and visit us at stand C17, browse the reports and information about the work we support, have a chat to the team and pick up a freebie!

 

FoNS blog

This week, FoNS CEO Theresa Shaw talks about Celebrating Excellence as part of her series of blogs about [email protected] Timely given that it’s International Nurses Day on Friday. How will you celebrate excellence? Read more …

 

Events

Mental Health in Primary Care, King’s Fund, London, 7 June 2017

Both the General practice forward view and The five year forward view for mental health highlight the importance of integrating mental health and primary care services to provide better experiences and outcomes for patients.

 

This event will showcase some of the best practice taking place across England in integrating mental health and primary care, demonstrating the benefits for both the mental health and primary care workforce and providing more joined-up and holistic care for patients and service users.

 

What will you gain at this event?

  • Updates onthe national picture and the support national bodies are providing towards more integrated working.
  • Learning from the vanguards on how their new care models incorporate mental health in primary care settings.
  • Case studies on how joint working can help GPs support people with complex needs, new roles for IAPT services (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies), and innovative approaches towards supporting people with a range of mental health problems in primary care.
  • Discussions on how to best support and develop the primary care and mental health workforce.

Visit the website for more information and bookings.

 

Learning and Development for Nurses and AHPs

Fostering a Culture of Effectiveness through Practice Development, 3-7 July 2017

Still time to register for one of the last few places on this highly rated residential school. Nurses, midwives, health visitors and AHPs welcome!

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.

 

And don’t forget we are offering optional on-going mentorship to consolidate your learning. Visit the FoNS website.

 

New project report

The Effectiveness of Spikenard Essential Oil in the Management of Agitation and Distress in End of Life Care

Projects and innovations don’t always go to plan or produce the results we hope for, but despite this, there can be benefits. In this case, while no patients consented to take part in the study so there is no formal evaluation data only anecdotal evidence, the benefits of undertaking the project have been the improved multidisciplinary team working and personal growth and development of the team. All of which will impact on improved patient care and experience in the long term.

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FoNS News:Focus on students

03 May 2017

FoNS Blog

This week, Gemma Stacey and Aimee Aubeeluck from Nottingham University talk about an alternative model for group clinical supervision underpinned by the principles of self-compassion and mindfulness - to support transition from student nurse to registered practitioner. Read more …

 

Fostering a Culture of Effectiveness through Practice Development

There are still places available for the health/social care learning and development opportunity of the year! This is a value for money opportunity, residential, 5 days (3-7 July 2017) in a unique setting.

 

FoNS has been involved with Foundation Practice Development Schools for over 15 years. The school is designed to help health and social care practitioners explore the foundational and key aspects of practice development, develop as leaders and be more effective in practice:

  • What is practice development? Why is it different to other change methodologies?
  • What is the role of workplace culture? How effective is your workplace and how can you develop a more effective workplace culture to support staff and improve patient/service user care?
  • How can you evaluate what you are doing and learn from it?
  • What does it mean to be a leader? How can you be the sort of leader who enables others to grow and flourish? How can you develop your facilitation skills?
  • And how does this apply to your workplace? 

More information? Call (020 7307 2857) or email [email protected]

Brochure and booking form are available on our website.

 

Student Focus

Following a request from a university in the North-West, we have put together some notes for pre-reg mental health nursing students.

  • Workplace culture
  • Reports and reflective practice
  • The role of mental health nurses

Please feel free to download these ‘notes’ and share.

 

Further food for thought for nursing education

The compassion gap in UK universities by Kathryn Waddington

At an event about the compassion gap in healthcare, Kathryn Waddington raised the simple point ‘If they [students] don’t experience a compassionate learning environment in universities, it’s no surprise that there is a compassion gap in practice!’ (p1). In this paper, she explores the culture of higher education; are people seen as commodities? Is morale eroded by ‘the relentless political drive on standards, results and student satisfaction’ (p5), all of which raised questions for me about organisational and workplace culture in healthcare.

 

Person-centredness in graduate nursing education: practice development in action by Karen LeGrow, Karen Campbell, Nancy Elford, Krista L. McLaughlin and Alliah Over

Following a personal introduction to practice development methods, the first author describes how ‘Practice development was used as a foundation for implementing innovative teaching methods for postgraduate nursing students’ (p1) using activities such as sharing hopes and fears and guided meditation. The aim was to develop new ways to engage with students, which in turn would give those postgraduate students new ways to engage with patients and colleagues ‘to bring about changes in practice and cultures’ (p2). The paper relates four students’ experiences of using these specific activities, and makes fascinating reading.

 

Taking risks in sharing data: the use of poetry for dissemination of research by Kath MacDonald

This paper offers fascinating insights into the author’s experience of and reflections on the journey to using creative approaches to the presentation and dissemination of data. The 3 poems she presents, two from sufferers of cystic fibrosis and one from a physician, are very powerful and convey much more than a simple description of feelings could.

 

Sharing news

One of the drivers for the establishment of FoNS was the desire to see nursing research in practice. This is still important today (see Theresa Shaw's blog 14 March 2017) and so we would encourage everyone to share their good practice and improvements – surely an important first step. Here’s Claire Adams, of the Patients First Programme talking about her work including the Patients First project to help patients with lipodystrophy and negative body images.

Here's the link to the article.

 

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FoNS News: Teaching Care Homes Pilot Outcomes and Service User Involvement

26 April 2017

Teaching Care Homes: Reports Launch

The pilot set out to change and challenge prevailing perceptions: recognising that the key to sustainability in the sector is through workforce training and development and through this delivering improved health and care outcomes for residents. Thanks to the commitment, professionalism, and passion of the people working in care homes that were part of this pilot, we have seen the benefits of the care home as a centre of training and practice development. 

 

At a launch reception yesterday, there were congratulations to all the teams who were involved in the pilot sites:

  • Chester Court (Barchester Health)
  • Berwick Grange (MHA Care)
  • Millbrook Lodge (Order of St John Care Trust)
  • Rose Court (HC-One)
  • Lady Sarah Cohen House (Jewish Care)

And a special congratulations to FoNS Trustee Deborah Sturdy, who was the driver behind all this. The reports are available on the Care England website. 

 

Do you …

  • Feel that sometimes change in your workplace is just cosmetic?
  • Want to be able to influence and improve your workplace culture?
  • Want to work collaboratively with colleagues and patients/service users?
  • Want to feel more effective and see things change around you but know you can’t and shouldn’t do it all yourself?
  • Want to feel more authentic in your ways of working?
  • Want more ideas and tools to help you?

If your answer is yes, then the FoNS hosted IPDC Practice Development School (3-7 July 2017) could be the answer. These are not the sorts of things you can learn about in a day, it takes the concentrated learning and development you get from this one-week residential school. There are still places available, and we would encourage you to visit the FoNS website to find out more and talk to your line manager about funding.

 

If you are the Director of Nursing, please call us on 020 7307 2857 to discuss group discounts. 

 

Focus on Service User Involvement

FoNS has worked with and supported mental health nurses to innovate and improve services. The projects have been characterised by an emphasis on working with service users. It’s clear that the voice, opinion and experience of mental health service users is key to meaningful and sustainable improvements in services. Here are some of the project reports in our library:

You might like to try the following activity in conjunction with one of these reports: https://www.fons.org/resources/documents/Programmes/Revalidation---Activity-1.pdf

Events

A Journey through Complaints Using Empathy

12 May (Stevenage) & 28 June (Milton Keynes)

This is a one-day course for those working with families raising an initial concern or following the official complaints procedure. Delegates will develop more confidence to handle difficult conversations, understanding the role that empathy plays in aiding honest investigations and preventing prolonged psychological harm (Duty of Candour). Delegates will learn how to identify important emotional data to aid meaningful resolutions and improve the emotional experience for patients and loved ones. 

Click here to read the brochure and here for testimonials. A 30% discount is available for 12th May event (discount price £125.30).

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