Case Study

Health and Wellbeing Outreach Programme delivered by Undergraduate Learners

The Health and Wellbeing Outreach programme for undergraduate learners was funded by Health Education England (HEE). Universities in the North West of England were tasked with developing innovative ways their health and social care undergraduate students could
highlight issues around health and wellbeing in their local communities – particularly in school settings and offer an age appropriate health and wellbeing intervention.

Several North West universities took part, each developing different approaches:

A Postgraduate Diploma recognising the learning of healthcare leaders

This project is a bespoke approach enabling clinical and non-clinical staff to consolidate and extend their Cumbria Learning & Improvement Collaborative (CLIC) leadership learning (see Background section). The programme culminates in the delivery of a range of clinical leadership and improvement work-based projects and participants are awarded a Postgraduate Diploma.

Evidence Champions

Supporting innovation and improvement by transforming the way in which evidence is applied in the commissioning of health and care services. A collaborative initiative between Innovation Agency (Academic Health Science Network for the North West Coast) and CETAD, Lancaster University. The postgraduate programme is a unique, enhanced, evidence based approach to health and care services commissioning that aims to support a culture of innovation, improvement and transformation.

Human Book Club for Healthcare Learners

A Human Book Club event was held to help student nurses and Trainee Nursing Associates
gather evidence for the communication section of their portfolios. The Human Book Club
provided an opportunity for healthcare learners to get a better understanding of how an
individual’s culture, social identity and expressed beliefs impact on the choices they make
about their care and treatment.

Advancing Professional Education Through Health Information Systems (APE-THIS)

The overall aim of the Advancing Professional Education Through Health Information Systems (APE-THIS) project was to provide the infrastructure required to facilitate enhanced understanding for nursing, and other healthcare students, of health information systems and the value of health information, thereby ensuring that graduating students hold essential informatics competencies prior to taking up healthcare posts. This would be achieved through connectivity from specified university computers to a dedicated mirror of the Allscripts training platform at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust.

Equitable Placement Allocation for Orthoptic Students

Availability of placement sites for orthoptic students has been an ongoing issue for many years. Many placement sites go above and beyond to accommodate students often at short notice, creating added pressure to already busy departments. The Equitable Placement Allocation scheme was designed by the three universities currently offering the orthoptic degree (The University of Liverpool, The University of Sheffield and Glasgow Caledonian) as a way to relieve the pressure on these sites and hopefully allow for a surplus of placement sites available for orthoptic students.

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