NHS Employers has published details of a case study from Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust who working with social care partners, have developed an integrated apprenticeship designed to provide a broad understanding of the different roles and responsibilities that exist in both health and social care.
Piloted over a year, the aim of the programme was to support those wishing to pursue a career across a range of care organisations. Starting with a two week clinical induction, the apprentices went on to undertake two six month placements, offered in a community care setting and on a hospital ward.
By experiencing the different systems and cultures, the apprenticeship enabled the apprentices to gain both knowledge and transferable skills while keeping a person-centred approach to care at its heart.
The University of Cambridge medical school more than tripled its output of GP trainees in 2016 after implementing measures to give students and F2 doctors greater exposure to general practice | GP Online
Giving medical students and junior doctors more exposure to general practice placements could give a real boost to interest in GP careers, the outcome suggests.
For F2 leavers in 2016, almost a quarter (22%) of those who graduated from the University of Cambridge and went directly into further training opted to begin GP training, according to official data.
Just one year before, in 2015, the university had the lowest proportion of F2s entering GP training in the England, at just 7%.
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BMJ Evidence-Based Nursing Blog | Published online: 15 January 2017
We are surrounded by technology that assists us in every aspect of our life and education is no exception. It has never been easier to access information and learning resources on an almost infinite number of topics. We can collaborate and attend conferences in virtual spaces and share ideas in real time or whenever we have a minute spare! Our learning can incorporate teacher-led instruction, be led by our own interest and desire to learn or a combination; what is becoming apparent is that social learning in digital forums is enhancing learning by bringing interested parties together
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Stanyon, M.R. et al. Age Ageing. Published online: January 6, 2017
Background: registered Nurses (RNs) working in UK care homes receive most of their training in acute hospitals. At present the role of care home nursing is underdeveloped and it is seen as a low status career. We describe here research to define core competencies for RNs working in UK care homes.
Conclusion: the output of this study is an expert-consensus list of competencies for RNs working in care homes. This would be a firm basis on which to build a curriculum for this staff group.
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Most managers are members of the team they manage. This creates tension between the need to complete your own work and the need to manage the rest of the team | PCC
This course helps managers to balance these two roles, manage their team’s workload and delegate effectively. It takes you through how to successfully communicate at different levels within your organisation as well as how to avoid or manage conflict within your team.
Managing from Within the Team enables you to:
- Get the balance right between doing and managing
- Manage time well and delegate effectively
- Be conscious of responsibility as role model to the team and what it involves
- See how behaviour can shape the behaviour of others
- Know when and how to offer help to team members
- Provide help to team members without taking over
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Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust have partnered with Creative English to develop and deliver a learning programme for their international staff, designed to improve confidence in conversational English.
The trust serves a large and diverse population, ranging from the elderly population of the East End of London, to those who have newly arrived from Eastern Europe with potentially few or no English language skills. This coupled with the changing demographic of staff increased the potential for difficulties in conversation between patients and staff.
Using scenarios inspired by hospital situations, the programme enabled staff to understand and practice the language they need in their day to day work in a relaxed and fun atmosphere.
Read the case study to find out about the programme and the benefits to both staff and patients.