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.
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.