Tools & Resources

Introducing Simulation within the Skills for Health Academy’s Multi-Professional Cadet Scheme

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.

Safe Medicines Management Training

Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust introduced competency-based safe medicines management training for all nursing staff and non-medical prescribers in May 2012. The aim is to improve understanding of medicines management and thereby reduce medication errors.The training is delivered as a single three hour face-to-face, interactive session to groups of up to twenty staff. The trainers are senior pharmacists and senior pharmacy technicians.

Developing Future Leaders within Health and Social Care through a MSc Leadership Development Programme

A MSc leadership programme at Edge Hill University has been developed in collaboration with twenty-six key stakeholders who hold senior/executive positions within health and social care, including; an executive nurse, chief biomedical scientist and regional lead for North West, head of physiotherapy and occupational therapy, head of learning and development, paramedic lead for clinical leadership for the North West Ambulance Service, consultant nurse, senior social worker, assistant director of patient safety and infection control, as well as directors of nursing and matrons.The catalyst fo

Life Happens - Mindfulness Workshops at NHS North West

‘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.

Releasing Potential: Leadership Programme for Research and Development Managers

The Releasing Potential programme was first commissioned by the NHS Research and Development (R&D) North West team in 2012. Initially this programme was informed by a programme developed by Mark Brandreth, the Managing Director of Trafford Provider Services at NHS Trafford to provide an in-house approach to developing talent amongst clinical and managerial staff at Band 7.

School Nursing and Obesity - Beyond the National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP)

In 2011 the Trafford division of Bridgewater Community Healthcare Trust developed a project aimed at enhancing the School Nursing service delivery of the National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP). The NCMP involves local areas collecting data on the height and weight of children in English schools in Reception Year and Year 6 to enable the Government to monitor obesity trends (DHOT, 2012).

Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) Programme

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’.

Looking After Me, Looking After You

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.

Improving Mental Wellbeing in a Mental Health Trust: A Mental Health Needs Assessment Process

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.

Values Based Competency Interview Questions for Clinical Roles

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.