A Clinical Practice Educator supports nurses and ODP’s at both Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals including Day Surgery and Endoscopy with staff development. There are many opportunities to develop skills, with surgical, anaesthetic, recovery, day surgery care and assistant to the surgeon development portfolios.
Newly qualified staff are encouraged to complete the Interdisciplinary development programme, which covers topics such as infection control, clinical risk and documentation, this programme is linked to the European Institute for Health and Medical Sciences and has been awarded 20 credits at degree level.
We offer many other study days and courses within the Trust, for example the ‘Managers Toolkit,’ Acute Skills study days etc as well as linking to the European Institute of Health and Medical Sciences for individual modules, diplomas and degrees
Our Clinical Governance Co-ordinator works closely with the Clinical Governance Lead for Anaesthetics providing support for all staff within the Anaesthetic Business Unit on Governance issues, including incident reporting, audit and effectiveness and complaints.
Root cause analysis training is offered by the trust supported by the Clinical Governance Coordinator for senior members of staff.
The Acute Pain Team provides support and education to patients and staff at both Ashford & St. Peter’s Hospitals.
Student Nurse and Student ODP’s
In theatres on both sites we support diploma and degree level student Nurses and diploma level student ODP’s who are studying with the European Institute of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Surrey.
The Trust also supports students participating in post-registration diploma, degree and other professional course in either anaesthetics, surgery or recovery and day surgery and overseas nurses undertaking a period of supervised practice prior to registration with the NMC. Health Care Assistants (Theatre Assistants) are facilitated to complete NVQ level 3 in Perioperative Support.
Commitment to New Staff
All new employees have a mentor/ preceptor during the initial stages of their employment.
A personalised induction/orientation programme is developed between the new member of staff and the mentor to ensure they can meet the requirements of their job as soon as possible.
The Trust Induction is a 3 day programme which includes a professional nursing day, manual handling, Fire and resuscitation.
A personal professional development plan is agreed to ensure that staff gain the experience required for their job and have the opportunity to pursue any areas of development required for their role.
On one ½ day each month an educational ½ day session is provided for staff, during this time meetings are held followed by relevant lectures to practice and mandatory training.