All Trusts have now adopted the Electronic Staff Record (ESR) system and are going on to further develop and utilise its functionality. This is an opportunity to record one example of the good practice behind how the original implementation of an ESR payroll was achieved.
Health Education North West
At the end of April 2012 a cross-section of students from the University of Chester were interviewed in order to gather a range of views from our next generation of nurses.
Release is a programme that was designed to recognise and develop talent amongst managerial and clinical staff at Band 7 and above at Trafford Provider Services (TPS), the provider unit of NHS Trafford, between April 2009 and June 2010. Its purpose was to develop people and give them the confidence to lead, by giving them the opportunity to undertake projects that could initiate change.
In 2009 a professional mental health network was set up for the Blackburn with Darwen area, which is very unique in that it is exclusively for mental health professionals from across all sectors, and has a specialism around BME. It allows different organisations to share information, combine resources and undertake joint projects to improve signposting to mental health and mainstream services and has approximately 280 members who can drop in an out as necessary.
A nine-month Mindfulness pilot study was carried out by the Department of Health, in partnership with NHS North West, to help participants from Recovery (former drug/alcohol users), BME asylum seeker and carer communities, to become work prepared, through the use of Mindfulness training. Support was provided by co-attending key NHS/third sector workers. Mindfulness was shown to have a positive effect on the mental health and wellbeing of staff and clients alike and helped 50% of participants back into work.
The Lancashire LINk carried out research with service users and their carers within Lancashire on their experiences and perceptions of domiciliary care services, in collaboration with Lancashire County Council, who monitor the contracts for domiciliary care agencies. The project ran over a six-month timescale, from February 2010 to September 2010 and this case study summarises the resulting report.
Individual Placement and Support (IPS) is a successful pilot scheme in Stockport run by Pure Employment funded by the Department of Health and NHS North West to address the employment need of people with severe and enduring mental health, recognised as a major contributor to mental wellbeing.
Wirral Metropolitan College Health and Social Care team have produced a 2 day course “Introduction to the principles of End of Life Care” with support, help, advice from the Wirral End of Life Care facilitators and Cheshire and Merseyside Cancer Network. To date 8 programmes have been delivered by college tutors to a total of 130 staff with very positive feedback from both the attendees and their managers. In almost all cases people attending the course feel they have increased confidence, skills and knowledge and most feel they will benefit from the training and apply it in practice.
Greater Merseyside’s Condition Management Programme (CMP) was in operation for five years until March 2011 as part of the national Pathways to Work Choices Programme and in partnership with Jobcentre Plus. It was highly successful at attaining its core aims, which were to help people gain the skills to necessary to better manage their own health conditions and to ultimately return to work.
The North West Junior Doctor Advisory Team (JDAT) is a successor body to the local regional action team formed to implement a new junior doctor contract (the New Deal) in 1991. This team consists of two junior doctors from different backgrounds and at different stages in their careers, plus a project officer.The JDAT provides independent guidance and oversight for matters such as New Deal issues and is the point of contact within the NHS North West for Junior Doctors who need help and advice about their rotas and working conditions.