Award congratulations and things to do in 2019

02 January 2019

Congratulations to Dr David Foster

We are delighted to congratulate our Chair of Trustees Dr David Foster on the award of OBE for services to nursing and midwifery and as a charity trustee. A very well-deserved award.

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Developing person-centred, safe and effective cultures through practice development

Next school 22-26 July 2019

We are pleased to confirm we will be hosting our highly-rated practice development school again this year. And happily, we are able to hold the prices at 2018 levels (early bird is £1,050 until 31 March 2019 and then £1,200 inclusive). Email to be put on the mailing list for the brochure and registration form (available mid-January). More information is available on the website.

Why publish with the International Practice Development Journal?

The IPDJ aims to facilitate dialogue about the contribution that person-centred and participatory ways of working and researching; practice development; and related fields of inquiring, improving and transforming practices and cultures of care can make to health and social care services and academia. It is also a friendly and supportive place to publish. Recent authors say:

  • ‘You are encouraged to be creative in your thinking, writing and presentation’
  • ‘Help on hand for first time publication authors’
  • ‘I was very happy about the publishing process, and received helpful comments from the reviewers’
  • ‘a fantastic resource for publishing innovative, creative, systematic and rigorous articles that advance the development and improvement of practice’

Why not explore our current issue or our top 10 downloaded papers?

Submissions are welcome at any time. The deadline for publication in Vol 9, No 1 (May 2019) is 16 January 2019; however, there may be flexibility for Critical Reflection on Practice Development articles (please contact us). If you are interested in publishing with the IPDJ (including Ideas and Influences article or Commentaries) please visit the website and email for more information.

The RCN International Nursing Research Conference 2019

Call for abstracts is now open and closes 11 April 2019. For more details on the criteria and how to submit an abstract, visit the RCN website.

FoNS News: Why apply?

21 November 2018

FoNS Blog

This week Gemma Stacey and Anne Felton share their research and resources on shared decision-making and the ideal ward round in mental health. Please feel free to share these resources and they’d love to hear from you. Read more …

We are delighted to also publish Sharing is Caring – unravelling a journey, a shared vision and a blanket by Rachel Whittal-Williams, Hywel Dda University Health Board. Read more …

Teaching Care Homes

The TCH programme aims to grow a network of homes across England that demonstrate an ongoing commitment to the development of person-centred care and ways of working; engagement in learning, practice development and research; strong working relationships with academic and education providers; and a desire to be a resource for other care homes. This year, the focus of the programme will be on enhancing cross-system collaborations.

Why apply?

We’ve asked people who are currently involved and this is what they say:

  • One Chief Executive commented how she had noticed that ‘all staff are now encouraged to take responsibility for quality improvements. The confidence and enthusiasm of participants is contagious.’
  • TCH participant and home owner Ros said: ‘It gives dedicated time to reflect, dissect and develop new ideas which are real and can be a resource for other homes.’
  • Karen, one of the home managers said: ‘I have been able to improve my communication with partners; demystify some people’s perception of what we do; help to influence others and raise the profile of nursing and the level of expertise in the social care sector.’

And the practicalities: this funded programme includes workshops of support and development, in-work support and mentorship, a bursary to pay for travel and expenses, the opportunity to network and share with other homes and the opportunity to work with FoNS. 

Closing date 11 December 2018. Visit the website to apply.

IPDJ Focus

Person-centred care in the physiotherapeutic management of long-term conditions:  a critical review of components, barriers and facilitators by Sharisse Dukhu, Cliona Purcell and Cathy Bulley

Professor Kim Manley CBE of Canterbury Christ Church University and East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust

‘This is essential reading for anyone who needs to understand why being person-centred is so relevant to physiotherapy practice. It draws on a number of frameworks from across different healthcare professions. The focus is on analysing selected literature around person-centred practice and the concepts relevant to physiotherapy. This is thorough and rigorous with attention to detail. The associated commentary models supportive and enabling feedback about furthering the work commenced.’

Being person-centred in qualitative interviews: reflections on a process by Berit Margrethe Sandvik and Brendan McCormack

Shaun Cardiff of Fontys University of Applied Sciences: ‘As a qualitative researcher, how person-centred are you/can you be? This researcher learnt about engaging holistically, being reflexive and how letting go allows new insights to emerge for self and other through interviewing as a holistic and mutually respectful dialogue. You may have/can experience this, and now it’s been put into words.’


Developing the role of the Nursing Associate: Fourth National Conference, 28 January 2019, London

This conference will focus on understanding the elements of this new role and how the role will be delivered in practice. It will be chaired by FoNS CEO Theresa Shaw and includes sessions by Prof Lisa Bayliss-Pratt Chief Nurse Health Education England and trainee nursing associates, ensuring a variety of perspectives. Discounts available via the FoNS website.

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Evaluation of the ground-breaking Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014

14 November 2018

The Welsh Government has commissioned a partnership between leading academics across four universities in Wales and expert advisers to deliver the evaluation of the ground-breaking Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014.

Professor Mark Llewellyn, Director of the Welsh Institute for Health and Social Care (WIHSC) at the University of South Wales (USW), will lead the team alongside Professor Fiona Verity, Director of the Wales School for Social Care Research. Dr Carolyn Wallace (pictured above), Reader in Integrated Care at University of South Wales and Lead for social acre research at PRIME Centre Wales is leading on the multiagency theme. 

Colleagues from Swansea University, Bangor University and Cardiff University will also work as partners in the study, which is being supported by PRIME Centre Wales. Read more.

FoNS News: Inspire Improvement 

31 October 2018

Inspire Improvement Fellowship

Who’s it for?

  • Our experience has shown us that people with direct line-manager responsibility and direct care responsibility can be best placed to create caring and thriving workplace cultures, which means ward managers and similar roles in any health or social care setting anywhere in the UK.
  • This programme is for frontline clinical leaders but isn’t a leadership/management course. It’s widely recognised that workplace culture is vital to care delivery and this programme helps you to work at that culture level in a proactive way. You will develop the skills to work with colleagues and people who receive care to create cultures which are open, positive and where improvement is valued and welcomed.

Why apply?

  • This programme is highly recommended and is based on FoNS’ 30 years of working with nurses and nurse led teams.
  • It supports you to develop and then enables you to develop others.
  • It features a highly supportive combination of workshops and in-work support.
  • The residential workshops are free and there’s a £3,000 bursary to pay for travel and time out of practice.

What’s stopping you?

  • Don’t be put off how impressive the first cohort of Inspire Improvement Fellows are (they are pretty impressive). They are enthusiastic, thoughtful and committed individuals who want the best for colleagues and the people they care for. But they would be the first people to say that they are no different to most other nurses they know. 
  • The application process is very thorough and you do need the support of both your line manager and your director of nursing (or equivalent), but … Firstly, the application isn’t so daunting once you get going – tell us about your passions, your place of work and why you think the support offered by Inspire Improvement will help you. Secondly, there’s no getting away from the fact that you do need organisational support. Jo Odell, the Programme Lead, can help – email
  • Perhaps you think you won’t get a place (it is a competitive application process)? That’s possible, but surely something this good is worth trying for?

For more information visit the FoNS website.

What we’re reading now: Nursing through the Years

A treasure chest of recollections of nurses from the 1940s to the 2000s, this unique book by Loretta Bellman and colleagues reveals the fascinating lives of nurses who trained and works at one London hospital. Read more …

FoNS Blog

This week Jo Odell talks about creating a culture for all to learn, grown and develop in, developing as individual learners and practitioners through facilitative leadership and song! Read more …

Teaching Care Homes Programme open for applications

Applications are welcome from care homes providing care to persons of all ages including those caring for people with learning disabilities, neurological conditions etc.

This year, the focus of the programme is on enhancing cross-system partnership working (e.g. care home/acute sector services; care home/university; care home/GP practice etc.). The partnerships should intend to develop and strengthen cross-system relationships by working together towards developing and achieving shared outcomes.

With the care home as lead applicant, each team of between 3 and 5 people will attend six workshop days, and in between, will benefit from one-to-one mentorship and on-site support. The programme also has a small bursary to support participants. Workshops run from April 2019 to March 2020.

For more information and to download the application, visit FoNS Teaching Care Homes. Closing date: 5pm, Tuesday 11th December 2018. This programme is only available in England.

To look at previous weekly news from FoNS, click on the link:

Launch of All Wales Social Prescribing Research Network (WSPRN) web page

30 October 2018

The All Wales Social Prescribing Research Network (WSPRN) have launched a new web page hosted by the Wales Council for Voluntary Action. 

The aim of the network is to build the critical evidence for social prescribing in Wales. It is a research platform to support the three communities of practice in North, West and East Wales. It is primarily a virtual network with face-to-face events across Wales.

PRIME Centre Wales is proud to support WSPRN - Dr Carolyn Wallace, PRIME lead for Social Care collaboration and Reader in Integrated Care at the University of South Wales co-chairs the WSPRN Steering Group, with Judith Stone and Dr Sally Rees.

Keep up with the latest developments and get involved - visit the web page at:

Best poster at Health and Care Research Conference

29 October 2018

Congratulations to Victoria Shepherd, National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) doctoral research fellow at the Centre for Trials Research and PRIME Centre Wales, won the best poster award  at the Health and Care Research Wales annual conference held 25th October.

Victoria's poster was  entitled: ‘Research inequalities in health and social care: how can we address the exclusion of adults who lack capacity to consent?

Commenting on the award, Victoria said: “I am delighted to have won the first ever best poster award at the Health and Care Research Wales conference.

“The poster presents some of the findings from my NIHR Fellowship funded by Health and Care Research Wales which is looking at research involving adults who lack capacity to consent. It is great to have this work recognised through this award.”

Taking second and joint-third place for best poster were:

With over 330 of you in attendance at the SWALEC Stadium, Cardiff last week, the conference focused on the theme of future-proofing research in Wales with thought-provoking, interactive workshops and 35 speakers who discussed the role of Welsh research in shaping the treatment and care of the future. Read more.

PRIME Centre Wales Annual Report 2017-18

29 October 2018

Read about the latest research activities of PRIME Centre Wales - our annual report for 2017-18 is now available to view or download.

Call for papers - Journal of research in Nursing: Rural Health

October 2018

Focus Edition Guest Editors:

  • Joyce Kenkre, Professor of Primary Care, University of South Wales
  • John Wynn-Jones, Chair Wonca Working Party on Rural Practice (RuralWonca)

The Journal of Research in Nursing is a leading peer-reviewed journal that underpins good research with current policy and aims to publish research that will influence practice, policy and education.

Staying healthy in rural areas of the world presents enormous challenges despite the World Health Organisation’s aspiration that all people and communities will be able to use and afford the full range of health services they need. People living in rural and isolated areas find it difficult to achieve this because of, for example, inaccessibility, scant infrastructure and resources, political apathy, poverty and an inadequate healthcare workforce. If the WHO target of Universal Health Coverage is to be achieved more needs to be known about how to improve access to and the quality of healthcare for rural people. Improvement requires creativity and innovation and significant political and professional will, but it also requires that successful interventions are better disseminated and so more widely used. JRN is inviting authors to submit papers that show how rural health can be and is improved.

Papers can be research studies of any design, case-studies, evaluations or practice development initiatives and may address any of these issues:

  • Improving the quality of healthcare and health, access and safety.
  • Improving recruitment, deployment and retention of healthcare workers.
  • Developing new multi-professional/worker, innovative models of care.
  • Using technology.
  • Demonstrating how policy-makers innovatively invest in healthcare.
  • Demonstrating community-led initiatives that promote health and wellbeing.

As JRN’s mission is to contribute knowledge to nursing practice, research and local, national and international health and social policy, the contribution of the paper to, or implications for, both nursing practice and health and social care policy should be made explicit.

Authors interested in contributing to this edition of JRN should submit their papers by the end of November 2018.

Papers must be submitted on-line and adhere to the JRN manuscripts guidelines that can be accessed from the journal homepage:

All papers will be peer reviewed. Accepted papers may be published Online first.

NB. Papers are restricted to a maximum of 5,000 words including references.

To view past issues of the journal please register for a free trial at:

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Social Prescribing: how to create a sustainable journey?

10 October 2018

Dr Carolyn Wallace, Judith Stone and Dr Sally Rees outline the advantages of a social prescriptive approach to solving individuals’ problems in the community, and ask how we might build appropriate assets to ensure its sustainability

Social Prescribing is a term which is growing in importance throughout our health and community services and within health and social care policy. It’s a term that few members of the public recognise; some reject it as the medicalisation of what should be a normal process of connecting people and for third sector organisations, it’s core business. Others are concerned that the systematic referral of ‘patients’ through social prescription models places pressure on community and neighbourhood resources, which may have a detrimental effect on volunteers and third sector organisations. Read full story.

Aspirin and the treatment of cancer

News item authored by Professor Peter Elwood

9 October 2018 

Against a background of controversy about the value of aspirin as a preventive in healthy subjects, a rather different use of the drug has recently been highlighted.

Fifty years ago evidence suggestive of benefit from aspirin beyond the reduction of pain and fever, was reported. In two remarkable papers published in 1968 and 1973 Gabriel Gasic and colleagues described the role of platelets in the metastatic spread of cancer.

They showed that a deficiency of platelets is associated with a reduction in the risk of cancer, and that experimentally-induced metastasis are reduced by aspirin.  They concluded that these findings ‘strongly support the role of platelet aggregation and the platelet release reaction in metastasis’. Read more.

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