Case Study

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.

Development of an Accelerated Post-Registration Nursing Programme: from RN Adult to RN Child nursing

The initiative arose from the identification of a workforce development need in the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital (RMCH), part of Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CMFT). CMFT secured funding, in August 2015, from Health Education England (HEE) working across the North West in conjunction with the University of Salford to co-design, pilot and evaluate a curriculum and commissioning specification for a 12 month Accelerated Children and Young People’s (CYP) Programme.

Newly Qualified Nurses Employed in Primary Care - an Enhanced Training Practice (ETP) example

The Practice Nurse workforce is ageing with almost one in five General Practice Nurses (GPNs) aged 55 and over (GP Taskforce, 2014). In 2009, Buchan & Seccombe warned that the challenge of replacing those who retire will become a progressively prominent issue over the next few years. Notably, The General Practice Forward View (2016) cannot be delivered without sufficient recruitment and workforce expansion.

Learning Matters Awards 2017 - Case Study series

A series of studies have been curated to capture best practice, and highlight innovations, from the joint Health Education England (HEE) working across the North West and Voluntary Sector North West ‘Learning Matters’ awards 2017. The awards are part of a cross sector adult learning campaign delivered for the health and care sector through a number of key regional partnerships and collaborations. The overarching theme of the awards is simple: lifelong learning is good for people, organisations and health.

‘Fantastic’ - a new play from Pete Carruthers

A 'Learning Matters' awards 2017 Case Study.

This project began in 2015 when the team decided to produce a play that would explore themes around mental health and treatment, particularly the idea of what constitutes the dividing line between normal human experience and psychiatric disorders.

Funding was successfully secured from Arts Council England to undertake a research and development phase. This phase involved extensive research, including private research as well as interviews with health professionals and several experts by experience.

Community Links

A 'Learning Matters' awards 2017 Case Study.

Community Links aspire to apply capacity building, through quality information, communication, learning, health improvement, food and drink and social interaction to achieve local resilient communities. Local social movements which grow up in streets, communities of interest and choice, doing things compatible with and acceptable to our medical and social models but by and for the people without imposition.

Student Nurse Placements at St. Ann’s Hospice

A 'Learning Matters' awards 2017 Case Study.

• The student mentorship project runs throughout the year, supporting 3 local universities. The project looks to empower students with the skills and the knowledge to help deliver specialist palliative care for patients and families / carers affected by malignant and non-malignant life limiting illnesses.

• Students are offered placements across our three sites, with appropriate mentorship support. These may be elective or spoke placements  

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