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1 Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery 1 Older Person s Nurse Fellowship

2 2 Contents From left: Waterloo Campus, Guy s Campus, St Thomas Campus, the Millennium Wheel on London s South Bank. 3 Introduction 3 Opportunity for academic development 4 Details of the Fellowship 6 Applications 7 Funding and contact us 8 The King s Older Person s Nurse Fellowship (OPNF) is delivered by Kings College London (King s), Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery and sponsored by Health Education England. This unique programme is designed to enhance the knowledge, leadership and innovation of senior clinical nurses in older person s services across England. Introduction The Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery is directly descended from the first School of Nursing founded by Florence Nightingale and today we are at the forefront of health education and research. We are committed to developing the future leaders in the fields of nursing and midwifery. We are keen to attract the best students and aim to deliver an excellent student experience in a thriving and supportive environment. The Faculty is part of King s College London, Europe s largest centre for professional healthcare education and an international leader in innovation in healthcare. The ethos of the Older Person s Nurse Fellowship is quality, safety, service transformation and innovation in older person s care. The Fellowship will deliver confident, competent and compassionate leaders to act as agents of change and drive, transformation within older person s services. Fellows will be part of King s and the King s Health Partners Academic Health Science Centre. The course will enable Fellows to realise their full potential, including becoming: an expert nurse in the holistic care of older people an innovator in care delivery and service development skilled in the implementation and evaluation of innovation a recognised leader and role model in older person s care a resilient and self-aware individual an agent of change, shaping the future of healthcare for older people. Confident and committed to disseminating excellence in older person s care among national and international communities.

3 4 5 Opportunity for academic development Have you the drive and vision to champion excellence in care for older people in your organisation, as well as on a national and international stage? The Older Person s Nurse Fellowship will help you realise your ambition to lead innovation and quality improvement in care for older people underpinned by up-to-date evidence. You will become a passionate voice for older people; and have the opportunity to be part of a vibrant network of like-minded nurses. Details of the Fellowship This is a 12 month Fellowship, with students attending King s College London once a month, in addition there are two residentials of two/three day duration (in total 14 face-to-face study days). Between the formal study day students engage with the course and each other using on-line technology. The residentials, with overnight accommodation and dinner, facilitate networking, collaboration and socialisation among the OPN Fellows. Learning is student-centred and structured around two Level 7 modules. The course is part of the MSc in Advanced Practice delivered by the faculty of Nursing and Midwifery. On successful completion of the Fellowship, students exit with a Graduate Certificate in Advanced Practice (60 academic credits). The Fellowship modules: Module 1: Advanced Knowledge and Skills in the Care of Older People (15 credits). Module 2: Leadership in Service Development, Innovation and Quality Improvement in Older Person s Care (45 credits). Modules are designed for Fellows to develop specific skills and expertise, as shown in the Expertise Tree below. Older Person s Nurse Fellowship Skills and Expertise Tree Enhanced knowledge and skills Advanced assessment skills in older persons: Medication resolution Mental health and cognitive screening Communication skills (advanced care and end of life planning) Complex case management (frailty, dementia, family adaptive therapies) Complex case histories presentation Leadership in service development and quality improvement Identifying service and PPI priorities Engaging stakeholders and PPI Flow mapping Goal setting Implementation Sustaining initiatives Patient safety / innovation change project and self reflection on leading project Resilience and personal development Explore benefits and value in supportive environment Examine past successes and challenges in current role Enhance coping and resilience strategies for self and peers Patient safety / innovation change project and self reflection on leading project

4 6 Module 1: Enhanced Knowledge and Skills in Older Person s Care (15 credits) Learning outcomes: On successful completion of this module, Fellows will be able to: Demonstrate a systematic understanding and critical awareness of evidence-based decision making in the management of older people with complex health and social care needs. Critically synthesis and integrate advanced level knowledge (including policies and guidelines) with creative problem solving to assess and manage complex health, psychological, social and environmental challenges faced by older people within and during transitions in care settings. Discuss and examine creative and original approaches to identify and integrate an older person s and his/her family s preferences into health and social care packages and advanced care planning. Critique care management decisions from an ethical patient/service user, cost and resource perspective. Demonstrate confident and competent scholarship in oral and written dissemination of evidence based practice. The module focuses on quality of life issues for older people, including: Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment, frailty, nutrition, mobility, pharmacology and polypharmacy, pain management, mental health, cognitive screening, and end of life care. Fellows are assessed through an oral presentation and written case study. Module 2: Leadership in Service Development and Quality Improvement in Older Person s Care (45 credits) Learning outcomes: On successful completion of this module Fellows will be able to: Demonstrate a systematic understanding of the application of implementation science theory and practice through undertaking a quality improvement initiative within the student s organisation. Analyse the political and strategic context of the change management initiative within the Fellow s organisation and the broader national context. Integrate public/service user feedback into the design, implementation and evaluation of the project. Critically evaluate the implementation process, the outcomes and sustainability of the project from an older person s and organisational perspectives. Construct a cost-consequent analysis of the project. Demonstrate originality, creative, initiative and a practical understanding of problem solving and management of complex organisational situations. Explore personal leadership and resilience attributes and skills in the context of the change project and broader personal development. Demonstrate confident and competent scholarship in oral and written project presentation. Learning in this module is structured to support Fellows to undertake a quality improvement initiative within their own organisation. Topics covered include theory underpinning Quality Improvement (QI), designing an implementation plan, outcome measurement, Public Patient Involvement (PPI), data management, cost analysis and evaluation. In addition, workshops on self and organisational resilience and leadership are scheduled in partnership with The Centre for Applied Resilience in Healthcare ( and the NHS Leadership Academy ( Applying We are seeking to recruit senior nurses, from across England, who currently work in older person s services in the community, primary care, acute or social care and mental health, hospice care and voluntary sector. Applicants should already have specialist knowledge and skills in working with older people, as well as experience and responsibility for decision making at a senior level in their organisations. Specific criteria: Individuals who can demonstrate relevant experience of working in older person s healthcare at a senior level. A significant part of the individual s current role is clinical and includes. frequent contact with older people and their families. Senior position within the organisation for example has responsibility or input into quality improvement or service development. Candidates are likely to be working in roles at NHS Bands 7 and 8, such as clinical nurse specialist, advanced nurse practitioner, nurse consultant or community matron. In exceptional circumstances, candidates at a Band 6, who have demonstrated exceptional leadership and innovation within their organisation, will also be considered. Candidates must have evidence of higher level education - a minimum of a BSc or graduate diploma Candidates must hold a current NMC Registration 7

5 8 Funding support for the Fellowship Students are funded to attend King s one day a month over 12 months with an additional two residential sessions. A competitive recruitment process will entail completion of the Kings OPNF application process. Approximately 36 funded places will be offered. For information on the application process and course updates, please access the Kings Older Person's Nurse Fellowship webpage at: Persons-Nurse-Fellowship.aspx Contact Us If you have any questions about the Fellowship or how to apply, please King s College London Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery with any questions, at How to apply: Applicants must: Completed OPNF application form Provide 'Letter of Nomination' from Director of Nursing or CEO Be available for interview Send a completed application (all of the above) to: by the application deadline of 16/09/15 The OPNF application form (including interview dates) and Letter of Nomination template are downloadable from the OPNF webpage. Further information on how to apply can be found at: nursing/study/how-to-apply.aspx

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