Tools & Resources

The Prince’s Trust Get into Healthcare

Tackling Youth UnemploymentWith the aim of tackling youth unemployment head on, The Prince’s Trust has recently launched a new initiative aimed at supporting young people into the many and varied opportunities which exist in the health and social care sectors. "Get into the NHS" is an intensive short course offering formal training, work experience; personal development and progression mentoring to young people aged 16-25.

From Student Nurse to Practice Nurse Benefits of ATP scheme

From Student Nurse to Practice Nurse … the benefits of the Advanced Training Practice Scheme and the exposure to a General Practice environment that it provides.A Practice Nurse gives her account of her experience as an undergraduate nurse and the opportunity the Advanced Training Practice (ATP) Scheme gave her in general practice. She describes her journey from qualification to employment, as a General Practice Nurse. Highlighting excellent support, supervision and 1:1 mentoring that ATP placements provide.

Using Simulation to Assist in the Reduction of Drug Errors and Improve Patient Safety

In 2013 the clinical skills and simulation team at the Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust (PAHT) reviewed their existing training package regarding medicines management. Concerns were raised when some members of staff, who had made drug errors on the wards, were merely referred back to the same theoretical session they would have had previously. Impact evaluations revealed that existing theoretical sessions alone did not identify and challenge poor practice or reflect the drug errors happening in clinical practice.

Developing a Specialist Respiratory Placement for Student Nurses

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.

Trust pioneers new apprenticeship scheme

Healthcare Science Apprenticeships The scheme created by Health Education Yorkshire and the Humber to develop a new training route for Bands 2 - 4 in Healthcare Science. Apprentice medical laboratory assistants, Rachel Taylor and Nathan Baldwin, work for laboratory medicine while Amy Bond and Amy Martin have been assigned to both Neurophysiology and Cardio-Respiratory in a brand new apprenticeship role.

Effective Management Medical Rotas using a Rota Co-ordination Team

The Rota Co-ordination function was devised to provide effective management of Medical rotas using a rota co-ordination team to minimise costs and maximise service. Through centrally managing the day to day rostering of Junior Doctors, efficiencies could be achieved in locum spend and optimising the cover levels with the available staff. Monioring the cost savings made by the rota team and have identified for the period April 2012 to 2013 a total of £581,000 savings across the seven directorates.

Cancer Awareness Champions Promoting Cancer Awareness and Early Diagnosis

Wigan Council’s Cancer Champion programme initially started as part of The ‘Be Clear on Cancer’ Campaign instigated and initially led by Greater Manchester and Cheshire Cancer Network (GMCCN), in partnership with local Primary Care Trusts (PCTs), following the network successfully securing National Awareness and Early Diagnosis Initiative (NAEDI) funding to promote cancer awareness and early diagnosis.The programme ran across eleven PCTs across Greater Manchester and Cheshire commencing in May 2011.

“Specfit” - A Programme Supporting Local Sports Clubs to Deliver Public Health Initiatives

Wigan Borough Sports Council, in partnership with the public health team at Wigan Council, secured funding to support local sports clubs in building capacity and capability to deliver public health initiatives.This funding was used to establish the Specfit programme for sports clubs in September 2013, which aims to improve the long-term health and social wellbeing of spectators, family members, staff, visitors and the local community, by tapping into the unique opportunity that sports clubs have to extend activity and awareness.Under this programme, sports clubs must identify a lead to act