Return to Practice

Minister meets students completing course.

Nearly 200 former nurses and midwives are expected to return to practice this year – more than double the aim of a Scottish Government-funded scheme.

Over 40 participants have already completed Return to Practice programmes in 2015, allowing them to retrain and re-enter the nursing and midwifery workforce.

Today (Monday), the Public Health Minister saw the programme in action in NHS Grampian, where students are paid a salary during their clinical placement hours and guaranteed a job on completion.

Maureen Watt visited Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen where she met current students and scheme mentors and managers, as well as university and NHS Grampian officials.

Ms Watt said:

“I’m delighted to see first-hand the work underway in NHS Grampian to retrain former nurses and midwives under our national Return to Practice scheme.

“Earlier this year we announced investment of £450,000 over three years to encourage former nurses and midwives back into the profession. This will enable around 75 former nurse and midwives to retrain each year and re-enter employment.

“There has already been significant interest in the scheme here in Grampian and across Scotland. Today I’ve had the opportunity to meet some of those who have decided to retrain and to re-join our nursing workforce. They will bring a wealth of previous experience with them and will be an asset to our health and social care workforce.

“In addition we have funded an increase in the number of nurses and midwives in training again this year by a further three per cent, on top of the six per cent increase the Scottish Government announced last year. This is the kind of careful long term planning and investment our NHS needs and shows our commitment to increasing the numbers of qualified nurses and midwives in our hospitals now as well as planning for the future.”

Professor Ian Murray, Head of RGU’s School of Nursing and Midwifery said:

“The Return to Practice Nursing course is just one example of how Robert Gordon University and NHS Grampian are working together to enhance the healthcare workforce by providing dynamic and clinically relevant education.

“The current Return to Practice Nursing cohort has found the course challenging but also very rewarding both personally and professionally; the course is bringing highly skilled and experienced nurses back into the workforce which can only be good for the quality of patient care.”

June Brown, NHS Grampian Associate Director of Nursing (Modernisation) said:

“We are delighted to be working collaboratively with Robert Gordon University to deliver Return to Practice (RTP). We were aware of nurses who wanted to return to the profession but the location of courses and the financial challenges involved were a barrier. By developing a local course with an employment model we are overcoming that barrier.

“We interview applicants jointly and, if accepted, we place them in a clinical area where we know there will be vacancy for them at the end of the course. During their practice placement they are paid a basic wage. They are also able to work on the nurse bank as a healthcare support worker to supplement any loss of salary during the course.

“I am thrilled at the progress made by the first cohort of students and look forward to meeting the second group when they start in January.”

Background

• Return to Practice is a Scottish Government funded scheme (£450,000 additional funding over three years, commencing April 2015), administered by NHS Education for Scotland. It is intended to attract experienced nurses and midwives who have left the service back into the profession, enabling them to retrain and to re-enter employment.

• Each year, up to 100 former midwives and nurses will be able to apply to have their university programme fees fully paid (£1,500)

• Initial cohorts of Return to Practice students started in summer 2015 and over 40 registrants have already completed RtP programmes this year.

• The Scottish Government set a target of at least 75 funded RtP places in 2015/16, but it is anticipated that nearly 200 former registrants will take up the opportunity this year. The extra places in 2015/16 will be fully funded.

• Participation in the national RtP programme is one aspect of NHS Grampian’s wider strategy to ensure a sustainable nursing and midwifery workforce.

Norovirus Season

As norovirus season is now with us.  As a student nurse you need to be aware that there has been an increase in the levels of norovirus reported to Health Protection Scotland by NHS boards and that NHS boards are now implementin their active norovirus plans.

Further information on norovirus including links to the Stay at Home Campaign and Top Tips can be found at http://www.hps.scot.nhs.uk/giz/norovirus.aspx?subjectid=125.  Please make yourself familiar with these.

Coming soon: Electronic Ongoing Achievement Record (eOAR)

In 2016 the school is planning to launch an online version of the Scottish OAR based on a product called Myprogress from My Knowledge Map.  This new system will replace the paper based placement documentation currently in use.  Find out more and see a preview on our web page.

www.rgu.ac.uk/myprogress

MyKnowledgeMap® User Engagement Event, Friday, 18th of September

Following a successful capital bid in July 2015, the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Robert Gordon is fortunate enough to be currently developing with MyKnowledgeMap®, ECATs (Electronic Clinical Assessment Tools). All the pre-registration midwifery and post-registration competency based courses will be introduced to the ECATs by September, 2016.   Currently, the school is digitalising our recently validated pre-registration nursing Scottish Ongoing Achievement Record (S-OAR) (NMC 2008) and a MyKnowledgeMap® User Engagement Event was held on the 18th of September, as part of this developmental work.  Highlights of the day included; Sian Shaw from Anglia Ruskin shared lessons learned from her innovative development work using ECATs within nursing and midwifery; Dr Karen Strickland shared guidelines for evidence-based practice from her recent literature review; and Steve Sidaway from MyKnowledgeMap® demonstrated the capacity and potential of using electronic assessment tools.

Success of this project will indicate the school will hopefully become a paper-free assessment environment (clinical and written) by Sept 2016.  ECATs have the potential to benefit students by improving the timeliness, accessibility, consistency and quality of feedback from clinical placements (NMC 2008). Although ECATs  provides innovative, technologically enhanced, learning environments and experiences supported by skilled teams of learning technologists, academics, practice educators and clinical practitioners, it can also quickly help identify and proactively support students who are struggling in clinical placements.

However, the real challenge for the School of Nursing and Midwifery will be working alongside our partners in practice with the diversity of digital literacy of both students and registered nurses and midwives in practice. Many mentors who support our students report already feeling challenged by the speed and increased use of technology in assessing student clinical competency and this event explored how the School of Nursing and Midwifery can address this.

Please see attached videos for an overview of the event.

Steve Sidaway, Business Development Manager, My Knowledge Map.

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Siân Shaw, Senior Lecturer, Anglia Ruskin University

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Dr Karen Strickland, Associate Head of School, Robert Gordon University

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Dr Fiona Work and Alison Brown, Senior Lecturers, Robert Gordon University

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Joel Smith, Senior Product Consultant, My Knowledge Map

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Any enquiries about this project, please contact:
Dr Fiona Work f.work@rgu.ac.uk
Senior Lecturer eLearning and Innovation

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RGU Part-Time Jobs Fair

RGU Part-Time Jobs Fair

The Careers and Employability Centre is holding its annual Part-Time Jobs Fair for students on Wednesday 30th September from 10.30am to 2.30pm in the entrance, concourse and amphitheatre of The Sir Ian Wood Building.

The Fair aims to support new and returning stuudents to find opportunities for part-time work and will feature over 30 employer exhibitors. For more information, please contact the Careers Centre on 01224 262110 or visit the website at:

http://www.rgu.ac.uk/staff-and-current-students/news/part-time-jobs-fair-2015

Murder Mystery

Murder Mystery e-Learning Induction For 2015

This September will see the 2015 intake of Nursing and Midwifery students taking part in a new interactive induction to e-Learning.  The online tool has been designed to encourage engagement with the university’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).  It is hoped the CampusMoodle Murder Mystery will bring a consistently high quality student experience as they navigage the VLE looking for clues.

The new online material includes pre-recorded screencasts, voiceovers and knowledge check quiz questions.  The induction has been designed by School e-Learning Adviser Gavin Innes to work on tablet devices as well as desktop computers enabling the resource to be used for online distance learning as well as face to face teaching. However, an additional option will also be included for a quick induction with no gimmicks – for the more business minded student.

Nobody was hurt in the making of this induction.