A CLIC Engaging for Improvement Scheme has been shortlisted in the Bright Ideas in Health Awards 2019.

Led by our very own Clinical Skills Team, the E4I project involved the development of a local learning and competency hub. The initial aim was to set this up within Maryport Hospital, providing an accessible venue for staff to gain and maintain competency, which was then to be rolled out across other ICCs. 

As a result of this work, a structured process was implemented for when community staff contact the hub to book a competency appointment. The mapping of skills/patients allowed the hub staff to identify dates and times when competency could be achieved i.e. if a staff member needs to gain competency in cannulation, they will identify times when a patient is coming in for a blood transfusion - this saves time-wasting. Places on a mentorship course were also sought, supporting staff with competency sign-off and critical evaluations, and a Competency Framework Policy was written and ratified.

In the future, this work should reap dividends for patients, as it will lead to an increase in the skill level of the community staff. This will allow more patients to be treated closer to home, outside of the acute setting. Also, by investing in staff and ensuring it is easier for them to gain competency, they will feel more supported with opportunities for development.

Wave 12 of Engaging for Improvement is now open for applications. To find out more, please visit: www.theclic.org.uk/news/507-engaging-for-improvement-application-window-now-open-for-wave-12 

We'd like to congratulate all the other finalists in this year's Awards. To view the full shortlist, please visit the Academic Health Science Network North East and North Cumbria's (AHSN NENC) website.