Professional update: you said, we did

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We know how important clinical training is to our staff as ultimately it helps to improve the standards of care we deliver.

The annual professional update (PU) goes a long way towards this – and this year we’ve made some changes.

We’re pleased to say that as part of our commitment to improved training we’re reverting back to two days of classroom learning (as opposed to one learning day and a ride-out). The programme has been put together by the clinical directorate using staff feedback, learning from serious incidents, the Francis report, and by working with our commissioners to name a few.

So some of the things we’re including this year are:

  • patient safety and human risk factors: designed to help reduce errors when making clinical decisions
  • stroke care and pathways
  • medicines management
  • emergency obstetrics: this builds on last year’s session around referral pathways
  • the Mental Capacity Act and Mental Health Act
  • clinical decision making: introducing decision making models to help staff with clinical decision making and reasoning when making referrals for patients
  • JRCALC changes
  • manual handling: this includes new pieces of equipment
  • trauma: both theory and practical scenario work
  • ALS assessments
  • improved record keeping, linking to pathways and diabetes care
  • behaviours around cultural competency
  • professional learning portfolio: this builds on last year’s session on portfolios and professionalism
  • patient assessment: although this is a standalone session the entire PU programme this year is founded on the principals of improving patient care. 

The PU process is designed to be an effective learning experience and we are keen that it should always be as transparent as possible.

Published 4th June, 2014

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