Developing the workforce through an accelerated Maternity Support Worker Competency Programme

This week’s blog comes from Carrie Daniels (Workforce Matron) and Laura Bourne (Practice Educator) who are sharing their experience of developing a competency programme for Maternity Support Workers at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust. In 2021, Health Education England (HEE) published the Maternity Support Worker Level 3 Curriculum as part of their broader […]

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Learning from women’s sport, an open goal for healthcare workplaces?

Elizabeth Bailey, Associate Editor for Midwifery and Women’s Health discusses what healthcare can learn from recent developments in women’s sports. This week saw the start of the Women’s World Cup. Thirty-two countries have a national female football team competing for the top spot with more prime-time TV coverage in the UK and USA than before. […]

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The Professional Nurse Advocate in Research Delivery

Pauline Brown is Lead Research Nurse for the Multi-Specialty Research Delivery Team at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Pauline has worked in research delivery for 13 years, she is passionate about professional learning, development, and quality improvement and recently qualified as a Professional Nurse Advocate. The roll out of the Professional Nurse Advocate (PNA), following […]

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What’s hot and what’s new: Reflections on the International Confederation of Midwives Congress, 11 – 14 June 2023, Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia

  Continuing our new ‘What’s hot and what’s new?’ blog series for Evidence Based Nursing, we share reflections on the latest news, research and updates to clinical practice and guidelines from different areas of healthcare and topics.  This week, Natasha Carr, Senior Lecturer in Midwifery and course lead for the BSc (Hons) and MSci Midwifery […]

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Recovery Camp: Immersing Students in an evidence-based practice clinical placement

By Christopher Patterson @ChrisFPatterson and Lorna Moxham @LornaMoxham Evidence-based practice (EBP) is a fundamental aspect of nursing education and informs safe and effective nursing practice. However, it is well documented that nurses are not implementing EBP at the ‘levels considered desirable and recommended by scientific and international organizations [such as the International Council of Nurses and World […]

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Achieving the research pillar: a research toolkit for Advanced Practitioners

In this blog, Dr Kerry Gaskin, Associate Professor of Nursing, discusses the development of an Advanced Practice Research Toolkit to enable AP teams and individuals to plan activity within the research pillar of their role. There is growing recognition that research active hospitals can save lives, enhance health care, and improve patient outcomes (Jonker & […]

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“Delivering our future workforce is ultimately dependent on a sustainable and high quality educator workforce to support education and training, both in practice and in academic settings” (Health Education England 2023, pg. 3)

By Dr Jane Wray, Senior Lecturer in Nursing, Hull University, and Senior Clinical Nurse Advisor (National Preceptorship Programme) The ‘Educator Workforce Strategy1 was recently released in England has acknowledged the urgent need for workforce investment and capacity building across practice and academic settings. Health-care expectations continue to shift, new information technologies emerge, practice requirements continue […]

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Advanced Clinical Practitioners (ACP’s) in Maternity, part of the Modern Midwifery Workforce?

This week we hear from Jenna Waldram, a Midwife working predominately on Labour suite and triage in a busy tertiary hospital. Having previously worked in A&E as an HCA, Jenna often reflects on the Advanced Practitioners she knew and admired there and wondered why such a pathway didn’t seem as prominent in Midwifery. In this […]

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COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy: the role of Nurses and other Health and Social Care Professionals in Vaccine Concerns

This week’s blog has been written by Dr Carol Gray Brunton, from Edinburgh Napier University, UK and highlights the vital role that nurses and health professionals play in addressing beliefs around vaccines. Vaccination is one of the most successful public health interventions in developing countries through the eradication of infectious diseases. Achieving high vaccination rates […]

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GloSTaRs – Supporting early career professionals to thrive, not just survive.

  This week’s blog comes from Charlotte Jakab-Hall, Senior Practice Development Nurse and Peer Support Guardian and Leonora King, Practice Development Nurse and Peer Support Guardian at Gloucester Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.   Blog summary Gloucestershire Staff Transition and Retention Support Network (GloSTaRs) was co-created by two early career nurses following their preceptorship programme in […]

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