East Lancashire NHS Trust’s Integrated Respiratory Service (IRS) has developed a specialist ten to twelve week placement for student nurses, which allows students to gain clinical experience in a specialist nursing role, rather than within a traditional ward or outpatient setting.Trainees gain an understanding of the specialist respiratory nursing role as well how that role works alongside other members of the multi-disciplinary team.
There has been a significant increase in the size of the NHS workforce at Central Manchester Foundation Trust (CMFT) over recent years, and a subsequent increase in demand for individual counselling and psychology sessions. As a result the time spent waiting for an appointment has also increased for staff. As one response to this situation, the Staff Support Service at CMFT undertook a pilot project to deliver guided computerised cognitive behavioural therapy (cCBT), with facilitated support, to individuals with anxiety and/or depression.
Healthcare assistants (HCAs) are essential to the delivery of high quality patient care, and, as identified in the Francis Report and Cavendish Review, there is a real need to improve the support they receive as well as their development in the workplace.In response to this need the Executive Director of Nursing for Mersey Care NHS Trust initiated the development of a two day mandatory course, ‘Let’s Celebrate Healthcare Assistants: Compassionate Care in Practice’.
Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust’s Infection Prevention and Control (IPC)Team have developed a structured five day bespoke placement for third year student nurses incorporating the management outcomes of their final placement relevant to IPC.The Core Outcomes of the placement covers MRSA; Clostridium difficile and Norovirus, which were selected because they are the most common organisms encountered on the wards. Students are also able to suggest two learning outcomes of their own.
This case study looks at how a Simulation and Clinical Skills team created a training programme designed for staff in community services at Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust. Previously most training had been inappropriate mainly focussing on care in a hospital setting. The team wanted to redress this to give community staff the tools to deliver gold standard care to their patients. In April 2015 they approached the community teams at their governance meeting to ask what bespoke training they felt they needed to best serve their patients.
Margaret Green has recently completed her level 2 Pharmacy Assistant Apprenticeship training. She had worked for five years at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary, and hadn’t really considered further education or becoming an apprentice.She shares her education journey that has been 30 years in the making.
Richard Evans completed the two year NHS Pre-Registration Trainee Pharmacy Technician programme in 2011.He joined the Apprenticeship scheme after a period of travelling. Having previously worked in the manufacturing industry, he had some good skills to bring to the NHS. Richards shares some of his experiences.
Prior to starting the Level 3 NHS Apprenticeship programme, Gavin had been working as a level 2 dispenser in a community pharmacy for over a year, before which he had undertaken a full-time course at college.His community pharmacy employer recommended the Pre-registration trainee pharmacy technician programme, which he subsequently started at Sheffield College. While the course came highly recommended, he states that he gained more from it than initially expected.
Emma Handley is one of our latest trainees to complete the two year NHS Pre-Registration Trainee Pharmacy Technician programme and she took the time to share some of her experiences.
In 2012, The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust rolled out values-based competency interview questions for recruitment to clinical roles. These were developed by the Human Resources (HR) Department, to support recruiting managers and help ensure that new recruits exhibit and share the Trust’s five core values; caring, dignity, respect, openness and pride.These core values were developed by the staff in order to localise the NHS Constitution and provide the guiding principles that underpin everything the Trust does.