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Practice Teaching and Learning

Evidence-based practice education is crucial to producing graduates who are ready for their chosen profession. Our research explores the impact of the latest innovations in practice learning across three broad areas: Health; Society and Interprofessional education. We are developing a Greater Manchester Hub for evaluating and disseminating innovations, development and research into new models of health and social care education. This supports the integrated health and social care agenda.

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Find out more about some of our work in this area:

Researchers: Lisa Littlewood Dr Jackie Leigh

We are actively engaged in a Greater Manchester Combined Authority project to enhance clinical leadership of student nurses when engaging in practice through implementation of a new coaching model. We are producing a flexible model that not only supports the clinical leadership development of the future nursing leaders in line with any new NMC standards but develops the leadership abilities for current students and newly registered nurses through their involvement in the models implementation and evaluation.

For further information and to get involved contact: Lisa Littlewood

Researchers: Dr Jackie Leigh, Lyn Rosen, Maria Grant, Tyler Warburton

This  evaluation for Health Education England North West critically explored the experience of non-credit bearing Multi-Professional Support of Learning and Assessment in Practice (MSLAP) programmes in NHS, private, voluntary and independent settings under an agreement with the University of Bolton from the perspectives of key stakeholders. Provided is the evidence of what works to  enable a consistent approach to building mentorship capability, capacity and quality across Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STP) within Greater Manchester.

For further information and to get involved contact Dr Jackie Leigh

Researchers: Dr Jackie Leigh, Dr Emma Gillaspy

This project critically evaluates the impact of a multiple intake model from different perspectives: curriculum design; student experience; staff experience; and organisational systems and processes.The findings will inform the development of a clear set of guidelines and recommendations that can be used to influence current and future curriculum delivery models for undergraduate nursing education including practice learning.

For further information and to get involved contact Dr Jackie Leigh

PhD and Professional Doctorate students who are actively researching within the field of practice learning:

  • Lisa Littlewood: Critically exploring coaching for undergraduate student nurses (supervisors Professor Jacqueline Leigh and Professor Ben Light)
  • Sue Mackie: Incident reporting in nursing homes (supervisor Professor Jacqueline Leigh and Dr Natalie Yates Bolton)
  • Nicky Fishburn: Exploration of how registered nurses experience preparation for their roles as practice supervisors and practice assessors of nursing students in clinical practice (Supervisors Professor Jacqueline Leigh and Dr Dilla Davis)
  • Mary Lyimo: Educational Pedagogies Reinforce Nursing Curriculum to Promote Primary Health Care Competence in combating Non- communicable Diseases in Tanzania (Supervisors Professor Jacqueline Leigh, Dr Emma Kwegyir-Afful and Dr Eunice Siaity)
  • Beth Waweru: Development of A National Kenyan Competency Framework To Ease Role Transition Of Nurses Into Adult Intensive Care Units: A Modified Delphi Technique (Supervisors Professor Jacqueline Leigh, Dr. Stephen Melanie, Dr Eunice Ndirangu
  • Pan Manchester Practice Placement Strategic links 
  • Greater Manchester Graduate Workforce Groups
  • North West Practice Education Group
  • Greater Manchester Practice Education Group
  • Greater Manchester Covid-Related group
  • University Link lecturer partnership across the multiple healthcare organisations 
  • Professor Jacqueline Leigh is Deputy Chair Healthwatch Salford
  • National Social Prescribing Special Interest Group
  • Greater Manchester Health & Social Care Partnership

For further information contact Professor Jacqueline Leigh

Lead Contact: Carol le Blanc, Head of GM PMO

Overall Project sponsor: Cheryl Lenney, Chief Nurse, MFT, Chair of GM Delivery Group

This is a North West and Greater Manchester funded project (approximately £375,000) that has multiple areas:

  1. To appoint a Programme lead to lead on the development of the GM Clinical Placement capacity action plan and the overall bid
  2. To develop a GM Clinical Placement capacity action plan
  3. Clinical placement:
    1. To increase placement capacity across GM Primary care /Private and Voluntary Independent Organisation (PIVO)
    2. To increase placement capacity across GM Mental / PIVOs
    3. To increase placement capacity across GM Learning Disability / PIVOs
  4. Supporting Educator Faculty Development
    1. Develop an education programme encompassing the theoretical background of teaching and learning that promotes effective supervision and assessment across all organisations and a range of roles and responsibilities.
  5. Preparing for Future Nursing & Midwifery standards for student supervision and assessment
    1. To develop a GM framework for Practice Supervisors, Practice Assessors and Academic Assessors
    2. To develop a Be a GM Supervisor and Assessor campaign
    3. To develop a GM invasive / high risk clinical skills training log /passport and associated policy to underpin the NMC Future Nurse Standards of proficiency for Registered Nurses (NMC 2018) and Nursing Associates Standards of proficiency (NMC 2018)
  6. To educate the educators within practice
    1. To develop a GM framework for a  Multi-professional practice educator whose primary role responsibilities to upskill the existing registered workforce though application of innovative approaches to teaching and learning such as digital technologies.  The framework is targeted at professional education leads, Practice education Facilitators, medical Supervisors
  7. To evaluate the Place based pilot from a learner, supervisor /locality stakeholder perspective
  8. Evaluating the impact of the investment on the learning environment

Researchers- Jane Roberts and professor Jacqueline Leigh

The project evaluates an education programme for the General Practice Nurse that aims to provide continuity and the sustainable workforce, that will enable GPN’s to achieve their full potential. The GPN course is commissioned by Salford Clinical commissioning Group (CCG).

Project Objectives

  1. To critically explore an education programme for the acquisition of the knowledge and behaviours of the GPN required to address the mental and physical wellbeing needs of all patients from multi stakeholder perspectives (students, GP assessor, managers) Method of Measurement: document analysis (portfolio), non- validated self-assessment and questionnaire, course evaluation semi structured interview
  2. To evaluate how GPN knowledge and skills were gained to enable collaborative and partnership working with patients and others in general practice, and the wider locality: Method of Measurement: document analysis (portfolio), non- validated self-assessment and questionnaire, semi structured interview
  3. To explore how the GPN role is making a difference to the GP service. Method of Measurement: semi structured interview

To provide the evidence of what educational approaches works well or not so well and what can be transferred to enable the continuity and sustainable workforce and enable GPN’s to achieve their full potential: Method of Measurement: report and clear set of guidelines/recommendations

Latest news

Mon 4 Sep 2017

Unclear education roles to support practice learning – A blog post by Dr Jackie Leigh @JackieALeigh
HEIs are responding to the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) Consultation on Standards of Proficiency for Registered nurses. Also required is for HEIs to tell the NMC their views on the Education Framework: Standards for Education and Training. The NMC refer to their standards as being ambitious, setting out the enhanced knowledge and skills that […]

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