‘I feel, I see, I imagine’ Nursing Event Roundup – 12 May 2022

Huge thanks to all our speakers and attendees for coming along to our virtual nursing ‘I feel, I see, I imagine’ event on Thursday 12 May for International Nurses Day 2022.

The morning session focused on celebrating social care nursing, we heard from a number of keynote speakers raising awareness of nursing in the social care sector. We also heard from career nurses who shared their journey to becoming a care home nurse.

The afternoon session looked at highlighting the value of care homes as a practice learning environment. Attendees heard from care home providers and their experience of supporting pre-registration nursing students and using their care homes as a practice learning environment. Attendees also got the chance to ask questions during a Q & A session.

We are pleased to share the recordings and presentation slides from this event. We have also included the information collated from the jamboard in the afternoon session ‘Exploring your Care home as a practice learning environment’. These are available via the buttons below. If you have any issues accessing these files at all, please contact [email protected].

You can also catch up on the day on Twitter with the hashtag #IfeelIseeIimagine

During this event, we published a new insights report on nursing in social care.

The report titled ‘Hearing the nursing voice:  Listening to Independent Sector Social Care Nurses’ is a follow on from the 2016 report – ‘Voices from the Nursing Front Line’, capturing the experiences of frontline registered nurses working in the independent social care sector in Scotland. The report depicts the rewards and challenges of social care nursing, whilst highlighting the importance of nursing within the sector as well as the specialism of the role.

This report is now available on the Scottish Care website, please give it a read.

Dementia and Covid -19: Medication Support

The government have contracted the Care Inspectorate to look at the prescribing, use and review of psychoactive medication in care homes during the pandemic.    This work will commence in a few months and will involve only a sample of care homes.

As your Transforming Workforce Lead, I am keen this work will inform future supports that are needed for people in the sector, including staff.

Dr David Marshall, Senior Improvement Adviser (Pharmacy) at the Care Inspectorate said “I am delighted that Dr Jane Douglas [Scottish Care Transforming Workforce Lead (Nursing)] has agreed to represent the sector at the report writings stage of this project”.

We are all aware of the impact on the sector caused by recent national investigations into operations during Covid-19. We also recognise the potential for stress with any such medication work. However, I am assured that the thrust of this work is about looking at the legitimate appropriate use of psychoactive medicines, and that the methodology used will keep operational impact to a minimum.

The beginning of Covid-19 presented particular challenges for all working in the care sector, including the necessary suspension of many of the normal services and supports that we receive and that we can offer.  Understanding the relationship between the COVID-19 virus and the impact it had on care services and on those with dementia, especially during the first wave, is crucial.

Following engagement with people with dementia and their carers, the government produced their Dementia and Covid-19 – National Action Plan.  More information on that can be found at the link below.



Dr Jane Douglas

Transforming Workforce Lead for Nursing




Celebrating Nursing in Social Care Virtual Event -12 May

We are delighted to publish the morning and afternoon programme for our virtual event on Thursday 12 May 2022 to celebrate International Nurses Day.

This event, hosted by our Transforming Workforce Lead for Nursing, Dr Jane Douglas, will run from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm on Microsoft Teams.

The morning session will focus on celebrating social care nursingwith a number of keynote speakers to raise awareness of nursing in the social care sector, the launch of a new nursing insights report and career nurses sharing their journey of becoming a care home nurse.

The afternoon session will look at highlighting the value of care homes as a practice learning environment. This session will be hosted by Donna Craig – Senior Educator, Nursing and Midwifery Practice Education & Pre-registration, NHS Education for Scotland. Attendees will get to hear from care home providers and their experience of supporting pre-registration nursing students and using their care homes as a practice learning environment. Attendees will also get the chance to ask questions during a Q & A session.

This event is free and open to everyone, including students, care home and care at home providers. If you are interested in attending this event, please register on: https://scottishcare.org/nursing-event-2022-12-may-registration-form/

Those who register will receive a Teams invite a few days before the event. Please contact [email protected] if you come across any issues.

If you come along to the event, we encourage you to tweet on the day, sharing your thoughts and comments using hashtags #IfeelIseeIimagine and #hereforlife.

Nurse Event 2022 Programme (3)

Antibiotic Research in Care Homes – Support (ARCHeS) – Tayside and Fife

Study short title: Antibiotic Research in Care Homes – Support (ARCHeS)

Chief Investigator: Dr Charis Marwick

Principal Investigator: Dr Jane Dickson

Calling care homes managers and staff in Fife and Tayside. Please take part in a focus group as part of the ARCHeS: Antibiotic Research in Care Homes – Support study.

This study is being conducted by a research team based at the University of Dundee, in collaboration with the University of Edinburgh, University College London and Queen’s University, Belfast. They are working to improve the management of infection and antibiotic use in care homes.

ARCHeS Focus Group Invitation Flyer V1 21-01-2022 (002)

External Webinar: Essentials of Safe Care: Supporting Implementation

Join Healthcare Improvement Scotland’s SPSP (Scottish Patient Safety Programme) Team on Monday 14th March 11:30-13:00 to celebrate the 1st anniversary of the launch of the Essentials of Safe Care.

This session, chaired by Ruth Glassborow, Director of Improvement, Healthcare Improvement Scotland, will have a spotlight on Leadership and Culture.

By attending this session you will have the opportunity to:

  • hear about progress and development of the Essentials of Safe Care over the last year
  • learn how the Essentials of Safe Care can support the first steps of your safety improvement journey in understanding your system, and
  • hear about the Civility Saves Lives work and the impact this can make in supporting leadership and culture change.

Find out more about this session via the flyer below.

Register your place for this webinar here.

20220314 EoSC Webinar 2 Flyer v1.0

Queen Margaret University – PgCert/PgDip Person Centred Practice (Advancing Care Home Practice)

Queen Margaret University have developed a post graduate Certificate and Diploma specifically aimed at leaders and future leaders for our care homes. The course has 2 routes for clinical and non clinical leaders or future leaders. Please listen the Professor Brendan McCormack who explains the programme.


If you have any queries about the course and are interested in hearing more, please contact our Transforming Workforce Lead – Dr Jane Douglas at [email protected].

Advancing Care Home Practice flyer 2021-22

RCN Workplace Risk Assessment Tool

The RCN has developed and recently launched a new RCN resource. RCN members and others can access this resource which can assist with workplace risk assessment. The RCN worked with a number of organisations to develop the resource and they will be writing to members and stakeholders to highlight the resource.

If you would like to access the resource please find the link below:

The link is COVID-19 workplace risk assessment toolkit | Royal College of Nursing (rcn.org.uk)

Temporary register reopens to internationally trained nurses

From 22 December, employers can nominate international recruits who have started their NMC pathway but not yet joined the permanent register.

In the light of the increasing pressures on health and social care services caused by this new phase of the pandemic, the NMC has reopened its Covid-19 temporary register to people in the UK who have trained internationally as nurses. This is providing that they are already on a pathway to their ‘OSCE’ exam and full NMC registration.

From today, employers can nominate international recruits who have started their NMC pathway but not yet joined the permanent register. Employers will need to assure us that people are fit, proper and suitably experienced to work in the emergency.

From next week, we will begin to assess the employer nominations that we receive. Then we will start to contact people directly, inviting them to join the temporary register voluntarily. Those who choose to join will have conditions of practice, meaning they must:

  • work as a registered nurse in an employed capacity for a health or social care employer
  • always work under the direction of an NMC registered nurse or midwife or other registered healthcare professional who is not on a temporary register.

Employer nomination and assurance is the only route to temporary registration – people cannot apply directly to the NMC. We will accept employer nominations until at least the end of February.

Andrea Sutcliffe, NMC Chief Executive and Registrar, said:

“Nursing and midwifery professionals continue to do amazing things to care for people during the pandemic. But we know Omicron is putting people and services under increasingly severe pressure. Reopening the temporary register to internationally trained nurses is an immediate step we can take to help.

“We’ve made this decision carefully. We feel we’ve taken a measured approach that enables a rapid workforce expansion, and the right assurance that people are suitable to practise during this emergency to protect the public.”

We are also continuing to work with health and care services across the UK to encourage them to employ people already on the temporary register.

Professionals who have recently left the permanent register can continue to join the temporary register if they want to support the emergency response.

Additional information:

  • NMC OSCE centres remain open. We strongly encourage employers to continue supporting internationally trained nurses in their journey toward permanent registration.
  • There are two steps employers must take to assure us that people are fit, proper and suitably experienced to work in the emergency. First, a senior NMC registrant who is on the permanent register must assess each overseas nurse to confirm that:
    • the nurse is suitable to work in the emergency and that they support their entry to the temporary register
    • the nurse’s English language is (skills for listening, speaking, reading and writing) sufficient to allow them to practise in the emergency
    • the nurse has no health conditions or disabilities that prevent them from providing safe care or, if they do have a condition or disability, that it is managed so they can practise in the emergency
    • the certifying registrant is not aware of any concerns about their character that prevent them from practising in the emergency
    • the nurse has the skills, knowledge and experience to be able to practise in the emergency
  • Second, the director of nursing or registered nurse leader must confirm they are satisfied that an appropriate, proportionate and objective assessment framework is in place for the senior NMC registrant to follow – and that it has been followed in each instance.

Using advance and emergency care plans during transfer decisions

Using advance and emergency care plans during transfer decisions: A grounded theory interview study with care home staff – Fawn Harrad-Hyde, Natalie Armstrong, Chris Williams, 2021
Advance care planning has been identified as one of few modifiable factors that could reduce hospital transfers from care homes. Several types of documents may be used by patients and clinicians to record these plans. However, little is known about how plans are perceived and used by care home staff at the time of deterioration.
The aim of this study is to describe care home staff experiences and perceptions of using written plans during in-the-moment decision-making about potential resident hospital transfers.
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