IV Therapy Passport moves to the ‘testing’ phase

Work towards having one common approach to IV medication administration training and assessment of competence across London is progressing at a pace. Stakeholders from across London have been working collaboratively to agree and build an IV Therapy Pathway and ultimately a skills passport.  We are excited to be moving on towards our testing phase – during the next couple of months we will be looking at how the practice learning and assessment document works in practice. As well as testing the e-learning both technically and by evaluating content. Testing will take place within organisations across each STP in London both with nurses working within the hospital environment and in community settings. Discussions are also underway about how the IV Therapy Passport can be implemented once the testing is completed. We hope the ‘Implementation Briefing’ materials will help organisations to begin to prepare for the implementation during 2020. For more information or to obtain a copy of the Implementation Briefing please contact capitalnurse@hee.nhs.uk

Nursing Older People Qualification in Specialism (QIS) 

The aim of the Qualification in Specialism (QIS) for Nursing Older People is to develop a skilled and competent nursing workforce delivering high quality and effective care to older people, in all care settings across the Capital. The design phase is progressing very well with excellent Pan London engagement resulting from the stakeholder events and co-design. An educational model of work-based learning has been agreed which will involve:

  • Eight learning days over six months delivered by subject matter experts within the participating organisations along with the completion of clinical competencies.
  • Subject to funding, learners also have the option to register for the accredited work based learning module where successful completion of the final written assessment will attract an award of 30 academic credits at level 6 or level 7.

Next Steps: Following the establishment of a working party in July, where the learning outcomes and draft curriculum were agreed, the work will now progress the project further to the detailed design of teaching sessions, competencies and the final assessment. The Steering Group overseeing the project held their first meeting in September where the curriculum was approved. The work is on track to begin testing the QIS in November 2019 with nurses working across acute and community settings, care homes, domiciliary care and general practice.

If you are interested in being part of the test as an individual or employer please contact us on capitalnurse@hee.nhs.uk

CapitalNurse mentioned in the ‘Health and Care Vision for London’

We are delighted that CapitalNurse is specifically mentioned in the Health and care vision which was launched on September 27th by the Mayor of London and represents a major milestone in partnership.  It builds on significant collaborative work over several years. The Vision represents a shared ambition to make London the world’s healthiest global city, and the best global city in which to receive health and care services. CapitalNurse is mentioned as the sort of approach to change and sustainable improvement needed to address the workforce challenges in health and care. You can read the vision document here.

Funding available for Healthcare Students

The Learning Support Fund (LSF) provides supplementary funding for eligible students attending pre-registration healthcare courses starting on or after 1 August 2017.  The LSF consists of three different award allowances. Eligible students can apply to the NHSBSA for some or all of these allowances, depending on their own personal circumstances. To find out if you’re eligible for funding visit the NHSBSA website.

Other News and Highlights from the CapitalNurse work programme

On 18th October two best practice guides will be launched:

  • Attracting, employing and supporting newly registering nurses (more details below)
  • Engaging with school aged aspiring nurses through work experience. This work is also integrated with the national Nursing Now England programme.

Other highlights from the past few months also include:

  • CapitalNurse joined the London Specialist Palliative Care Nurses at their conference to launch collective action to secure the future nursing workforce
  • SACT chemotherapy passport shortlisted for Nursing Times Awards 2019
  • Urgent and Emergency Care Passport was a finalist at the RCNi 2019 awards
  • Critical care skills passport books have been delivered to units across London
  • 10 new Student Ambassadors recruited
  • Learning Disability Nursing student conference held

CapitalNurse/PHE Public Health Nursing workshop held

100 Years of Learning Disability Conference: 30 July 2019

Over 135 delegates attended a conference that was co-hosted by the University of West London and NHSEI London. The event was one of many this year to mark and celebrate 100 years of Learning Disability Nursing. Among the attendees were Registered Nurses for people with Learning Disabilities from a variety of settings and roles including research, leadership and clinical leads and student nurses as well as service users and their carers. The conference was well received and heard from influential presenters about their research and current work. The workshops were found to be informative covering a wide range of topics and delegates reported that they had left with ideas on steps to take in practice in order to make changes, start new initiatives and projects.

Launch of Newly Qualified Nurse Employment Offer Best Practice Guide

Following the Newly Qualified Nurse Employment offer workshop held in April this year to share the current employment offers being made with Trusts across London, we have developed a pan-London best practice guide for organisations to use to support NQN recruitment process. We are holding a launch event on Friday 18th October from 9.30-13.00 (venue tbc). We will also be launching the Work Experience in Nursing best practice guide at this event. If you are interested in attending please contact capitalnurse@hee.nhs.uk

Pan London International Recruitment

There has been a huge amount of activity around this issue with four workstreams underway. We have groups looking at best practice for London related to OSCE preparation, Pastoral Care and the overall costing support required. This work will then feed into a wider discussion around how we can develop a pan London collaborative approach to recruiting international educated staff across all specialities. We are linked closely with the NMC, NHS Providers, HEE Global and LPP London.

We have a further workshop planned for the 20th November 2019 from 9.30 – 12.00 so we can launch and feedback all the work done.  If you are interested in attending please contact capitalnurse@hee.nhs.uk

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