‘Get into Healthcare – Clinical’ celebration event

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NHS Tayside Chief Executive Malcolm Wright (second from right) with participants at the celebration event

Successful participants from the new Tayside ‘Get into Healthcare – Clinical’ course attended a celebration event to mark their graduation.

The six-week course is aimed at young people between the ages of 18 and 24 and is designed to provide a range of skills that would be valuable if they decide to explore a career in care.

The programme, which launched in March, is run in partnership by NHS Tayside, The Prince’s Trust and Dundee & Angus College.

The course gives young people the opportunity to gain certificates in mandatory skills, such as manual handling, infection control, first aid and food hygiene. The participants also explored the values of care and the importance of working to codes of conduct.

During the course, the young people visited a number of departments and services, and were also given access to work experience within NHS Tayside across a range of wards and areas.

Every participant graduating from the programme receives a guaranteed interview for a role within NHS Tayside or an interview for a relevant course at Dundee & Angus College.

A celebration event was held at Ninewells Hospital, where NHS Tayside Chief Executive Malcolm Wright presented certificates to the successful graduates.

The graduates of the first Get into Healthcare programme are Samantha Croll, Bobby-Lee Fleming, Mackenzie Jackson, Nicole Kelbie, Ariane Mackenzie, Donald Macleod, Amy McFadyen, Heidi Papendorf and Shona Ramsay-Hogan.

Malcolm Wright said he was delighted to present the certificates to the graduates.

He said, “I welcome the opportunity to congratulate the participants of this course for their hard work and enthusiasm during the programme. This course is a great example of partnership working to create opportunities for young people and encourage them to explore a career working within the NHS.

“I would also like to express my thanks to all our partners and placement providers for their ongoing commitment and support in providing exciting opportunities for participants as part of the Employability Services programme.”

Grant Ritchie, Dundee & Angus College Principal, said, “D&A College is proud to be part of this partnership with NHS Tayside and the Prince’s Trust supporting young people to obtain skills and qualifications required for a career in healthcare. We wish the graduates all the best with their future careers.”

Finlay Laverty, senior head of public partnerships at Prince’s Trust Scotland, added, “The strength of our partnership with NHS Tayside, and Dundee & Angus College creates new pathways in to the NHS, helping to unlock the potential of young people who are ready to kick start their careers in health and social care, and become tomorrow’s NHS Tayside workforce.”

Procurement success working in partnership with clinical teams

The procurement team’s work in partnership with the endoscopy service has been proving beneficial.

The procurement team works across Tayside to ensure that NHS Tayside purchases quality products that are fit for purpose at the best price possible. Part of their work also involves working with clinical staff on projects small and large to reduce costs.

Wendy Dowdles, senior charge nurse in endoscopy is also a member of the Better Buying and Procurement Workstream huddle which meets once a month. The huddle team helps to identify current issues, review potential opportunities and agree and plan potential product evaluations.

Part of Wendy’s role is overseeing procurement-related matters for the three endoscopy sites at Ninewells, PRI and Stracathro, ensuring a single point of contact between procurement and endoscopy. Wendy also provides a positive platform for standardisation of product selection and inventory management across the service and has undertaken a lot of work evaluating, sorting and standardising stock which led to the following case study successes.

Polyp traps

Wendy noted that different polyp traps were being used in each of the endoscopy units and evaluation showed that one of the products was of superior quality and safer, but also more expensive.  The procurement team reviewed the national contract and looked at what other units in Scotland were buying and undertook a cost analysis. It was evident if NHS Tayside moved to the quality product there would be a cost implication.

After negotiation with the supplier led by NHS Tayside’s procurement lead, the supplier agreed to reduce the price applicable under the National Framework via the NDC, a change which was supported and implemented through further engagement with the National Framework owner.

This change has resulted in the standardisation of products used in clinical practice, ensured quality, maintained safety and reduced financial cost. This will result in a 5% saving across NHS Scotland for those Boards using the same product.

Decontamination Tray Liners

Wendy was approached by a supplier offering alternative endoscope decontamination tray liners and asked the procurement team to advise on the potential benefits from converting.

Although the product was potentially acceptable, a legal barrier to any potential change was identified by procurement. To resolve this, procurement entered into a four way dialogue between the supplier, National Procurement and NDC to secure an immediate quick win saving from reducing National Framework price. This process of negotiation is ongoing with a potential saving across NHS Scotland of over £46k per annum with a share for Tayside of over £4k. An interim solution in terms of provision of equivalent value in free stock is close to realisation.

Colonoscopy Markers

NHS Tayside was approached by a potential alternative supplier for colonoscopy markers and procurement worked with the supplier and National Procurement to negotiate a reduced price for the current product of 10.8%, securing a saving across NHS Scotland of £8k.

Calling Little Scribblers in Dundee!

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NHS Tayside’s Occupational Therapy team is holding workshops in Dundee to help develop pre-writing skills.

The fun packed ‘Little Scribblers’ workshops, which have been running in Angus since last summer, are aimed at children aged 3-5 years and include ideas on how to develop hand and finger strength, tips on how to support pencil grasp and pre-writing ideas to try at home.

The workshops will take place at:

  • Lochee Community Hub on Tuesday, 29 May from 2.45-3.45pm
  • Ardler Complex on Thursday, 21 June from 12.45-1.45pm

To book a place please email otchildhealth.tayside@nhs.net, call 01382 835103 or search Little Scribblers on eventbrite.co.uk

For future events and activity ideas please visit facebook.com/LittleScribblersTayside

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Why PJs are not always the best

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Staff from wards 4 and 5 join OT staff promoting the #EndPJParalysis campaign  – photo courtesy of DC Thomson

Occupational therapy staff are promoting the #EndPJParalysis campaign at Royal Victoria Hospital with information stands being held outside wards at the hospital.

The campaign aims to raise awareness of the health benefits to patients of getting dressed, out of bed and being as active as possible whilst in hospital.

Members of occupational therapy team kicked off the campaign last week by hosting an information stand outside wards 4 and 5 at RVH and this week they can be found outside wards 7 and 8.

#EndPJParalysis campaign’s key message is that if patients can wear their own clothes then they should be encouraged to do so.

The decision to remain wearing pyjamas or a hospital gown is very much dependent on each individual patient’s clinical or medical condition and staff are advocating that where appropriate patients should be supported to wear their own clothes.

For many patients wearing pyjamas reinforces the ‘sick role’ and so something as simple as changing out of them into their own clothes can have a positive impact on their wellbeing.

Occupational therapy staff, wearing their pyjamas, will be manning the stand this week between 2pm and 4pm, handing out information leaflets and chatting about the important key messages of the campaign.

So if you are visiting RVH this week stop by the #EndPJParalysis information stand as staff would be delighted to see you.

Did you know…

  • Bed bound patients lose 1-5% of their muscle strength every day they are in bed, they can also develop skin breakdown, pressure sores, confusion and fatigue. There is also extensive evidence that dressing patients in their own clothes is more dignifying and provides a sense of normality.
  • It has also been proven that for every 10 days of bed-rest in hospital, the equivalent of 10 years of muscle ageing occurs in people over 80 years old, and building this muscle strength back up takes twice as long as it does to deteriorate.
  • For an older person, a loss of muscle strength can make the difference between dependence and independence and within Occupational Therapy staff want to promote independence within patients on the wards.
  • This is the case for every patient in hospital, irrespective of their age. No matter how old a patient is, if they remain immobile and do not move around they will lose some muscle strength during their stay so it really is in the interests of all patients to be as mobile as possible.

Casting call for chorus singers

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Amateur singers are being sought for a musical about antibiotic resistance as part of the Edinburgh Fringe.

Are you working or studying in healthcare or healthcare associated professions?

Are you a competent amateur singer?

Come and be part of an exciting public health initiative and sing in the world premiere of The Mould That Changed The World at the Edinburgh Fringe 2018.

Click here for more details about the show and to download the ‘casting call’ information.

If singing isn’t quite your thing, but the concept of the project has captured your imagination, you can follow the production on Facebook and Twitter and when August comes, come to Surgeon’s Hall to see the show.

Leadership and management development opportunities

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Team leaders undertaking the pilot activity

The Human Resources and Organisational Development Directorate has announced details of two development opportunities in leadership and management.

A new pilot activity has been created to support individuals new to, or developing their leadership and management skills in support of service delivery.

It will be aimed initially at team leaders (AfC bands 6 and below) before extending to include middle managers (AfC band 7 and above).

A package of materials has been developed which cover a wide range of topics drawn from the National Occupational Standards for Leadership & Management.  It is to be a year-long development journey involving attendance at short training sessions and completion of learnPro modules, workbooks and reflective logs.

The team leader level was launched in April and a number of participants have begun testing the materials and activities.

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The third cohort of the ILM level 3 programme

The third cohort of the ILM level 3 certificate in Leadership & Management has now been launched.

This programme enables line managers to be effective and confident, have better relationships and communicate more effectively in their teams, and gives them the tools to develop their own skills and abilities.

It includes classroom session followed by assignment on each topic and staff gain a recognised qualification in leadership and management.

Twenty staff successfully completed the second cohort of the programme in 2017.

For more information please contact leadership & management advisor Nicola Ferguson on 01382 740063, x40063 or email nogilvie@nhs.net

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Jennifer Kinnear, Gary Finlayson and Karen Archibald, who completed the second cohort of the ILM level 3 programme

‘Breathing and Singing’ with the Breathe Easy Perthshire Group

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Members of the Breathe Easy Perthshire Group shared their singing talents at a musicality event in the recently refurbished Perth Theatre.

The celebration event was the culmination of a Tayside Healthcare Arts Trust’s (THAT) musicality programme commissioned by the Breathe Easy Perthshire Group. The event was the first community-based programme held at the new Space One theatre.

Singing coach Debra Salem worked with the participants during the eight-session programme to develop their breathing techniques, while exploring creativity and building peer support through group singing in a fun and enjoyable way.

Debra said, “This group has really grown together in confidence and it has been great to see. We have focused very specifically on building breathing technique and stamina through our warm up exercises and short songs.  We have also worked hard on complex harmonies and arrangements for the longer pieces, getting to know each other through music whilst having great fun.

“They have been a wonderful group of people to work with and we have all really enjoyed this opportunity.”

Chair of the Breathe Easy Perthshire group, Moira Karpuschewski, said “Although many of us weren’t very confident about singing, including me, we have discovered how good it is for our breathing but also for our mood and friendships.  Singing together is just so enjoyable.”

THAT project coordinator Chris Kelly said, “It’s been brilliant, we have managed to recruit people who have never been involved with the Breathe Easy group or any of our programmes before and they have made new connections and gained so much confidence through singing. Being able to meet and work in the new Perth Theatre is an added bonus, which has only been possible with the support of Horsecross Arts.”

THAT promotes the therapeutic value of arts-based programmes to enhance quality of life, to promote social inclusion and to empower the individual to make an important contribution to their health and wellbeing.

For more information about the programme contact Chris Kelly on 01382 835509.