In 2010 Five Boroughs Partnership NHS Foundation Trust was reported to have an absence rate of nearly 7%, with musculoskeletal sickness absence accounting for 17% of this.A new physiotherapy manager reviewed the existing physiotherapy service at the Trust in the last quarter of 2010 and implemented a number of changes in 2011 in order to improve the service. The new system was based on the principles of rapid access and the results have been extremely positive.
The North West Simulation Education Network was established in 2010, and with support from NHS North West (now Health Education North West) has steadily grown, so that it now has 950 people registered on its site.There have been numerous national drivers for the increased use of simulation, including Liam Donaldson’s report which highlights the need to further develop simulation and simulation faculties.Therefore the network seeks to increase the capacity and capability of simulation throughout the region, with an overall aim of improving patient outcomes and experience.
A pilot staff training programme was launched in 2010 by Calderstones Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. It was made up of autism-specific interventions and was targeted at a core ward team supporting several men with autism.
In 2012 a peer assisted learning programme was set up for student dietitians at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital, which is part of the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust. This is an in-house training programme which was first run in September 2012 and is student self-directed learning with support from supervising dietitians.Topping and Ehly (1998) defined peer assisted learning as ‘the acquisition of knowledge and skills through active helping and supporting among status equals or matched companions’.
Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CMFT) has always offered work experience for school and college age learners, but in addition, since March 2010 a staff volunteering programme has been in place, designed to help inspire young people and to open their eyes to the career opportunities in healthcare.This not only broadens their horizons but serves to nurture the next generation of NHS staff and gives existing staff the opportunity to mentor and support the learning of these young people, which can be a very rewarding experience.
Looking After Me Looking After You (LAMLAY) was a pilot study launched by Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust in 2012 to explore whether using Cognitive Behavioural Techniques (CBT) and Imagery work could improve staff health and wellbeing.In developing the Trust’s Health and Wellbeing Strategy, it was determined that there was a need for a bespoke intervention to improve the mental wellbeing of staff and to reduce stress, which had been identified as a common cause of absence. Thus the Trust’s health and well-being strategy was the main driver in developing this work.
Cheshire and Merseyside Partnerships (ChaMPs) for Health is a dynamic, award winning public health network that has commissioned the development of an e-learning programme, designed to support ‘Making Every Contact Count’ (MEEC). This is a long-term national public health strategy that aims to help create a healthier population and to reduce NHS costs through changing the behaviour of all frontline NHS staff, not just those that are medically trained or public health professionals.
‘Life Happens: managing yourself mindfully at work and home’ consisted of two full days, a fortnight apart, and took place during February 2013 at the Manchester offices of NHS North West (NHS NW). The course was commissioned to assist NHS NW staff cope with any stress they felt due to the transition of services, which was completed in March 2013.Thirty one people attended day one and nineteen attended day two, fourteen of whom had attended the first workshop.
In 2013, the Clinical Skills and Simulation team at Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust (PAHT) recommended that a patient-centred approach to care needed to be reinforced much earlier in health education.The purpose of this pilot study was to introduce simulation into the education of the multidisciplinary cadet scheme, currently run by the Skills for Health Academy.
The Inter-professional Oncology Study Day is one of a series of inter-professional study days available to multi-professional learners held within Royal Liverpool & Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust (RLBUHT).The aims of the day are to improve learners’ appreciation and understanding of the oncology patient’s journey, and how they can influence this through a multidisciplinary team (MDT) collaborative approach. Complementary to this, a session is delivered to identify the MDT roles and approach in oncology.