Apply for the ‘Nurse First’ cohort – FREE programme

Recruiting for the next free “Nurse First” cohort in Manchester in September 2012
Nurse First is the most intensive innovation and leadership programme in the UK for clinical staff. It is a free 21 – day residential programme that runs over a year and includes masterclasses, learning sets and coaching support, developed in partnership with the Queens Nursing Institute, Bucks New University, the Shaftesbury Partnership and Johnson & Johnson. It will support you to: create innovative ideas to clinical challenges, raise the funding needed to make these ideas happen and help you implement them in your organisation.
For more information visit: www.nursefirst.org.uk

New leadership and management development programme

Skills for Health

The need for effective leadership and management skills has never been more crucial within the healthcare sector. However, organisations have traditionally focused on strategic and senior leadership development. Given the current challenges facing healthcare organisations at an operational level, it is essential that leadership skills are developed in service level staff, both to help resolve the current challenges, but also to provide a continuity of leadership development for staff who may progress to more senior roles.

Skills for Health are supporting healthcare sector employers by providing a leadership and management development programme primarily aimed at staff equivalent to Agenda for Change Bands 5-7. The programme focuses on an introduction to leadership and the associated skills. It aims to develop a cohort of enthusiastic and motivated staff who are relatively new to leadership responsibilities or are highly likely to move into a more formal leadership role.

The programme, which is mapped to the NHS Leadership Framework and the Leadership and Management National Occupational Standards, is delivered via three intensive workshop days. It explores key elements of leadership and management including leadership styles, change management and communication skills through a combination of presentation, facilitated discussion, practical exercises, reflective learning, and group work. A key element is the application of the learning from the programme to current service challenges faced by the individuals.

Investing in leadership is recognised as essential by all good organisations. If you are interested in exploring how Skills for Health’s Leadership and Management programme could help your organisation please contact your regional / country representative at www.skillsforhealth.org.uk/contact-us for further information.

Transformational leadership can improve workforce competencies

Article by  Juliana Thompson

Citation:
Nursing Management – UK, 01 March 2012, vol./is. 18/10(21-24), 13545760
Publication Date: 01 March 2012
Abstract: Staffing problems can arise because of poor delegation skills or a failure by leaders to respond appropriately to economic factors and patient demographics. Training dilemmas, meanwhile, can arise because of managers’ confusion about what constitutes ‘training’ and what constitutes ‘education’, and where responsibility of provision lies, with the consequence that they neglect these activities. This article uses Kouzes and Posner’s (2009) transformational leadership model to show how managers can respond. Leaders who challenge budgets, consider new ways of working and engage effectively with the workforce can improve productivity and care, while those who invest in appropriate learning will have a highly trained workforce. The author explains how integration of leadership roles and management functions can lead to innovative problem solving.
Source: CINAHL
Available in fulltext at EBSCOhost
Available in fulltext at ProQuest
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The Challenges of Making Care Safer: Leadership and System Transformation

Published in Healthcare Quarterly, 2012, GR Baker
  New programs, such as Releasing Time to Care: The Productive Ward, in Saskatchewan and Ontario offer systematic ways to examine and improve nursing care and patient unit environments, with the potential to improve efficiency, increase patient safety and quality, boost
 
Other articles included in this Canadian publication include:
  • The culture of patient safety
  • Teamwork and communication
  • Human factors in patient safety
  • Daignostic safety
  • Safety in the community and many more

GMC: Leadership and management for all doctors

General Medical Council (GMC)

Leadership and management for all doctors
This guidance sets out the wider management and leadership responsibilities of all doctors in the workplace, including: responsibilities relating to employment issues; teaching and training; planning, using and managing resources; raising and acting on concerns; and helping to develop and improve services. It comes into effect on 12 March 2012.

News from the Kings Fund: Fraud costs/Leadership/Industrial action

2020health

The financial cost of healthcare fraud: what data from around the world shows
This report investigates the true financial cost of fraud to the NHS. It estimates that the NHS loses £3 billion per year in fraud and in light of financial pressures, minimising fraud has the potential to aid with efficiency savings.

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CKHS

What makes a top hospital? Leadership
This is the third in a series of publications centred around quality in hospital services. This report looks at the features of leadership that are found in top performing acute organisations.

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NHS Employers

Guidance on emergency cover during industrial action 
Unison and Unite have both produced guidance on emergency cover and exemptions from industrial action. It encourages their branches to engage with employers when they seek to discuss levels of cover.

Nurses – update your leadership skills for free

NHS Connecting for Health courses at various venues

  1. Are nurses slow to innovate and adopt new approaches to delivering care?
  2. Do you know what patients now expect with regard to information?
  3. Do you know how to make sure you are counting apples and not pears?
  4. Are we developing the necessary skills in our workforce for the future?
  5. Could information governance get any more boring yet be so important?
  6. When did patient safety become an IT issue not a clinical one?
  7. Are we prepared for being visible?
  8. Do you understand the potential for changing practice as a result of technology and the consequences?

The Leadership for Informed Practice Programme is for senior nurses and midwives across the whole healthcare system and runs over three days, on various dates, each day approximately a week apart. Various venues are available.

The course is free to attend. Please visit our events website for more information and to book a place.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact clinicaldivision@nhs.net.