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My original plan for this blog was to explore why change is a bit Marmite – some of us love change (the ‘bring it on’ group), and others less so. Then the COVID-19 jar was opened and everything changed.
We are all impacted in different ways, both staff and patients. Whether it’s even more time at work, less time with those we love, wanting to be at work but having to self isolate, loss of our identity as the one who always does x or y, how as patients we interact with our NHS, or the loss of those we love.
Transitions are challenging
William Bridges says it isn’t the changes tha
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Difficult to know where to start with this blog. Like the rest of the world, I’m anxious.
We don’t know what is happening, we have not experienced anything like this before.
When COVID-19 first arrived in late February (it felt like it snuck up on us, but I’m not sure that is the case), there was talk about some people having to work from home. This really suited me as I could easily do this in my role at Patient Safety Learning and it would mean I would be around more for my two boys.
My boys are 12 and 14. Trying to parent boys of this age I find challenging at present. They
Sometimes, you have those days where you have had enough. ENOUGH. That’s really where the Genie started.
I began my career in the private sector, joining the NHS as an ‘experienced hire’ some five years later through ‘Gateway to Leadership – Cohort III’. I probably should have known that a moniker based on the Roman army was telling me something.
I had moved from an organisation where the worst thing that had happened was moving the water machine, to an organisation where the water machines had been removed some years before for "cost improvement" purposes. The organisation was stru
NHS Improvement are asking NHS organisations to identify, by June 2020, at least one person from their existing employees as their patient safety specialist. Training for these specialists will be based on the national patient safety syllabus being developed with Health Education England.
Working with representatives from a few NHS trusts, patient safety partners (patient and public voice representatives) and clinical commissioning groups, NHS Improvement have drafted the requirements for a patient safety specialist to help organisations identify the most appropriate person(s) for the rol
We attended that Patient Safety Learning conference as this is something I am very interested in. I see my role as (acting) deputy director of nursing, midwifery and AHPs as one who should lead by example and champion high quality care for patients. For the last year, I have been developing a maturing patient safety team who are enthusiastic and willing to make changes for the benefits of our patients. We were looking for ways to innovate our shared learning, learn from others and make contacts with other innovators in this field.
Our initiative is using our Trust values ‘We care’ and wea
We have all heard of the terrible stories of nurses going to the coroner’s court. These stories have been fed to us by our seniors, our mentors, our lecturers since we were students.
"If you don’t document properly, you will end up in the coroner’s court, you might even get struck off!"
These stories strike the fear of god into you. No one wants to go to coroner’s court, no one wants to be criticised for the work they have spent years training to do. No one wants to be publicly humiliated.
This is my story of what happened when I attended a coroner's hearing on a patient who
Vince Clarke is a paramedic and a senior lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire. He has worked in education since 2001, first as a Practice Educator, then with the London Ambulance Service and in higher education, while continuing to practise at the same time. He is also a Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) partner and Head of Endorsements for the College of Paramedics.
What we did
Sharon Mcloughlin, Ward Manager, Dott Ward:
"The Innovation Agency gave us the dialogue to engage with staff and address concerns objectively, without staff taking anything personally. I was able to say this is an outside organisation, and with them we’re going to look at how our team could improve."
“It’s been about empowering staff, and staff realising that change has to come from all of us. I’ve gained skills to help staff feel more empowered and get on board, and see it as their responsibility to improve things too."
“Hopefully as a result we’ve improved safe
The growing global evidence that Anne Marie and academic colleagues have gathered shows we need more nurses, with the right skills and support, if we want to reduce patient mortality and improve nurses’ wellbeing. The RCN has used this research to create the aims of its safe staffing campaign and to tell all four UK governments what nurses and patients need now.