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  • Developing your critical appraisal skills

    Integrating the use of evidence into your work routinely helps to ensure that you are working in a safe, effective and person-centred way - and are playing your part in helping to meet the quality ambitions.

    As a newly qualified practitioner, you already have the skills to critically appraise research and evidence, to interpret findings and then make judgements on whether practice should be changed as a result.

  • Developing your skills in reading and understanding research

    As a registered practitioner, making judgements based on evidence is an important part of daily practice. It is important to assemble sufficient evidence to provide an accurate picture of the available research. This unit will help you integrate your research skills into everyday practice.

  • Communication

    This dimension relates to the effective communication in whatever form it takes place. Effective communication is a two way process. It involves identifying what others are communicating (eg through listening) as well as developing oneself, and the development of effective relationships.

  • Team Communication Skills

    An important part of the Flying Start NHS® programme is developing the right communication skills to be an effective team member, and this unit is designed to help you to play your part in the healthcare team.

  • CPD

    Continued Professional Development (CPD) is the collective name for a range of activities through which you prove your fitness to practise. This unit will provide you with a sound platform for lifelong learning and on-going Continuing Professional Development as well as preparing you to play your part in developing others.

  • Developing others

    Most of the activities within Flying Start NHS focus on developing your skills and knowledge as a newly qualified practitioner. However at some point the emphasis will shift to you facilitating learning in others, this may be with students, assistant practitioners or as an educator to patients/clients and their carers.

  • Goals

    One of most important skills for managing a successful career is goal setting. By developing your Flying Start NHS portfolio, you will be continually reviewing your strengths and needs and setting goals regarding the areas of clinical practice you want to develop further.

  • Understanding the policy context

    When reading about health policy, it is vital that you remember that health policy is a devolved responsibility. The overall aim of health and social care policy in Scotland is to improve health. However, when you are busy caring for patients/clients, health policy may not be the first thing that springs to mind as being important, but everyone has a role in developing policy.

  • Teamwork

    Teamwork skills are key to you working successfully as a member of your clinical team, with the wider multi-disciplinary team, and with patients/clients and carers. Starting work with a new team and in a new setting is challenging and complex at any point in your career, but is especially so when you are making the transition from being a student to your new role as a registered health practitioner. This unit will help to support you in developing the skills that you need  to become a confident and effective team member

  • Understanding Research

    Being research literate means being able to find and use the right research information. This involves being able to access and retrieve information, critically analyse the information you have found and understand the terminology used. You already have these skills from your undergraduate education, and as a practitioner, you need to keep using and developing them throughout your career. Remember, in the 'Looking at what you Know' section you have looked at your current level of research skills and knowledge.

  • Health

    This dimension focuses on maintaining and promoting the health, safety and security of everyone in the organisation or anyone who comes into contact with it. It includes tasks that are undertaken as a routine part of one's work such as moving and handling. Those who come into contact with the organisation will be anyone who interacts with an employee of the organisation or who is affected by the actions of the organisation.

  • Service Improvement

    This dimension is about improving services in the interests of the users of those services and the public as a whole. The services might be services might be services for the public (patients, clients, and carers) or services that support the smooth running of the organisation (such as finance, estates). The services might be single or multi-agency and uni or multi-professional.

  • Quality

    This dimensions relates to the maintaining high quality in all areas of work and practice, including the important aspect of effective team working. Quality can be supported using a range of different approaches including; codes of conduct and practice, evidence-based practice, guidelines, legislation, protocols, procedures, policies, standards and systems. This dimension supports the governance function in organisations - clinical, corporate, financial, information, staff etc.

  • Equality

    It is the responsibility of every person to act in ways that support equality and diversity. Equality and diversity is related to the actions and responsibilities of everyone - users of services, including patients, clients and carers; work colleagues; employees; people in other organisations; the public in general.

  • Develop Yourself Toolkit

  • Putting your plan into action: building your treatment skills

  • Practice Based Activity A

  • Further Reading

  • Developing cultural competence

  • Peer Discussion

  • Portfolio Activity

  • Looking at how your skills are developing

  • Portfolio – Care/treatment skills

  • Portfolio - clinical skills development

  • Thinking about your values

  • Developing Healthcare Support Workers roles

  • Professional Regulation and CPD

  • Concluding Activity

  • Delegating Safely

  • What clinical skills do you need?

  • Helping Others Learn

  • Stages of Evidence Based Practice

  • Orientation to equipment

  • Practice based activity

  • Reflection in Practice

  • Why develop a portfolio

  • Web Activity

  • How am I doing with teamwork?

  • NHS complaints and the media

  • Web Based Activity

  • Further Reading

  • Further reading

  • Mentor activity

  • Top tips

  • Cultural competence: the Explanatory Models approach

  • Managers Support

    Managers play a vital role in creating the right learning environment for newly qualifed practitioners.  By facilitating the space for an experienced mentor to support and guide the newest team member, managers can significantly reduce the stress that we know comes with being newly qualified.

  • Resources

  • Further Reading

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