In early 2012 Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (LTHTr) implemented a project to improve the interface between student nurses and healthcare assistants (HCAs).The Clinical Education Team at the trust developed two new courses for HCAs working at Bands 2 and 3 to enhance their knowledge and skills base, and Practice Education Facilitators (PEFs) attend each course for an hour to outline what student nurses are required to learn as part of their pre-registration nursing programme.
Following the Francis Report, it was highlighted that improving the values and behaviours of NHS staff could have a positive impact upon patient care. As such there has been an outward focus recently on how other organisations have recruited for and nurtured such values within new and existing staff.Memorial Hermann Health System is one of the largest healthcare systems in the United States, and has been embedding values and behaviours over the last 25 years using the Hartman Value Profile (HVP) tool.
The Department of Health (DH) funded a project to reduce sickness absence caused by common mental health issues amongst staff in mental health trusts.The overall aim of the project was to improve the mental wellbeing of NHS staff employed in five trusts in the North of England, through implementation of primary and secondary level interventions; identified through the development and delivery of a mental wellbeing needs assessment.
Liverpool Community Health Trust (LCH) launched a whole scale workforce development programme in 2012 that will build capacity and capability within the workforce to deliver health chats/lifestyle brief interventions alongside patient care.The programme is a two year project to provide all Liverpool Community Health staff and volunteers with training, aligned to the NHS Yorkshire and Humber Making Every Contact Count (MECC) Framework.The programme, known as ECC, forms part of LCH’s public health strategy, which sets out the organisation’s vision to embed prevention as part of its service de
In 2010 a multi-dimensional Community Clinical Leadership Programme was launched to create a future generation of world class leaders who can respond creatively and competently to the challenges facing the NHS.Workforce is our greatest asset and developing senior leadership skills will help set strategic direction for the NHS.
Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, in partnership with Public Health Blackpool, recognised the need for a training programme for staff on Alcohol ‘Identification and Brief Advice’ following the introduction of the alcohol liaison nurse specialist (ALNS) team.As part of its public health strategy, the Trust started implementing this training in September 2010, to identify and manage health promotion needs (such as the identification of, and brief advice for, patients who misuse alcohol), which are key to promoting the health of patients, visitors and staff.
A Healthcare Assistant Development Programme was developed by Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust in 2012. Designed for healthcare assistants (HCAs) based in paediatric community, clinical or voluntary settings it is a bespoke, standardised qualitative development programme, mapped to national and local standards of care.It is an enabler for the HCA to examine how they apply the basic fundamentals of care practice, and how this is received by patients and families in terms of their personal experiences.
To drive improved health outcomes, the public health system needs a competent and driven workforce. The challenge is to create a culture of leadership at all levels, with staff who are engaged, empowered and encouraged to lead public health into the future.The ‘Growing Your Own’ leadership development programmes, cultivated by Health Education North West’s public health workforce team, aimed to develop and grow leaders at all levels across the public health workforce.
Due to the reconfiguration of healthcare organisations and the services that they provide, practice placement opportunities for pre-registration student nurses are changing and it is becoming increasingly difficult to provide the variety of placement opportunities required to prepare students for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).
The Cheshire and Merseyside Healthy Providers Network (C&M HP network) is a voluntary, professional, peer support network formed in the summer of 2012 that aims to provide a unified approach to health improvement across Cheshire & Merseyside (C&M). The network currently meets on a bi-monthly basis and is keen to establish an online forum as well.