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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.

A Supported Internship Programme in Salford

The Supported Internship programme has been running at Salford Royal Foundation Trust (SRFT) since September 2012. The programme came about as the government acknowledged the barriers faced by people with learning disabilities wanting to find paid employment. It is an employment based course that offers ten young people with learning disabilities the opportunity to develop employability skills at the trust whilst continuing to work towards their qualifications.

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.

Placement Retention

Health Education England identifies the need to improve retention in commissioned pre-registration courses. Research locally and nationally indicates the importance of the placement experience in reducing attrition. The North West is home to a wide range of good practice in this area and this page hosts examples of some of the great work from both the HEI and service provider partners. 

Case studies in the series:

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.

A quick overview of 'Workforce Generations' Infographic

This simple infographic explains the ‘workforce generations’ you may have heard described in the news. Who are Baby Boomers, Generation X, Millennials and Digital Natives?

This quick visual explains roughly which years each generation belongs to, the other names associated with each group, some key cultural and technological events from those years, the number they represent in the NHS workforce and some of their learning characteristics as outlined in the ‘Mind the Gap’ report.

North West ESR BIG SIG: Tuesday 20th June 2017, Haydock Park

Tuesday 20th June 2017, Haydock Park

HEE working across the North West hosted the North West ESR BIG SIG (Special Interest Group) attended by over 80 representatives from NHS Trusts in the North West.   The NW ESR BIG SIG combines national and North West ESR updates with special interest groups for OLM (Online Learning Management), Self-Service, HR, Reporting, Finance & Payroll.

Please see below the links to access agenda’s and presentations/updates given at the event.

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.

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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