Our School hosted an event at Hamilton Campus on Thursday 31 March 2016 which celebrated the successful delivery of the Leading Better Care (LBC) project within NHS Lanarkshire.
This creative collaboration between the School of Health, Nursing & Midwifery and NHS Lanarkshire, which was established in 2012, enabled a whole system approach to support Senior Charge Nurses/Midwives and Team Leaders to fulfil their leadership role.
The national LBC programme was developed by the Scottish Government as a result of the Senior Charge Nurse (SCN) review in 2008. The wide variation in the functions and responsibilities of SCNs across NHS Scotland highlighted the need for greater standardisation of the role, with a key set of responsibilities, competencies and skills. It resulted in the development of a standard framework for the SCN with four key role dimensions linked to the Knowledge and Skills Framework (KSF).
Within the dimensions of the LBC framework the partnership between the School and NHS Lanarkshire saw the creation of a diverse range of 12 work-packages to facilitate staff development, education and research. The diversity of projects ranged from recruitment and selection processes through to leadership and educational development.
The event at Hamilton Campus celebrated the LBC journey, with colleagues from the School and NHS Lanarkshire delivering presentations around the key themes of Nursing Midwifery & Allied Health Professions (NMAHP) Selection, Induction and Development; Staff Development; Quality and Care Assurance; and the Research and Development evidence that has been produced.
Jacqueline Kerr of the University’s School of Health, Nursing & Midwifery said: “We are delighted to have hosted this event at our Hamilton Campus which saw colleagues from UWS and NHS Lanarkshire come together to celebrate the success of the LBC project, which was a unique partnership nationally. This highly successful project between UWS and NHS Lanarkshire will enable the health board’s workforce to respond effectively to the demands the integration of Health and Social Care will bring.”