On 23rd November, QNIS Chair of Community Nursing at Robert Gordon University, Professor Catriona Kennedy, gave her inaugural lecture on Anticipatory Care. Janette Barrie, the National Clinical Lead (Nursing) for Anticipatory Care with Healthcare Improvement Scotland, attended, and has provided us with our latest guest blog. What an honour it was to attend Professor Catriona Kennedy’s Inaugural Lecture at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen. Linking in with the QNIS to raise the profile of research within Community Nursing, Professor Kennedy took up post earlier this year. The lecture focussed on Anticipatory Care Planning: A fundamental skill in nursing, and I couldn’t…
This award-winning project aimed to pilot a Mindfulness based Cognitive Therapy programme to carers of people with dementia and assess its effectiveness.
This project sought to develop and test an initial framework of integrated working to facilitate person centred care for patients and families at the end of their life who are being cared for at home.
This project aims to develop and implement an integrated health and social care pathway to provide support for older adults (over 65 years) living with dementia and their carers in the community co-ordinated by a named community nurse. This nurse will ensure equitable access to support, information and care from diagnosis throughout all stages of the illness to end of life.
Dignity Therapy is a brief intervention that enhances the lives of people at the end of life; this project aimed to determine its effectiveness with people with early dementia.
This project sought to explore the experiences of patients, carers, community nurses and other health and social care staff in relation to issues with indwelling urinary catheters in the community setting that trigger unplanned district nurse visits.
With health policy shifting to a community based, integrated system, the role of the District Nurse is absolutely central to high quality, person centred care. However, the standards which define the specialist practice of a District Nurse were originally developed in 1994 by the UKCC and have not since been updated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). It was felt across the profession that there was a need to modernise standards for District Nurses, and the Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI) and Queen’s Nursing Institute Scotland (QNIS) led a project to introduce new voluntary standards. These voluntary standards will enhance,…
Fiona Oag, Clinical Team Lead from Kirkwall in Orkney received funding from QNIS to visit colleagues in NHS Borders. Below is the account of her experience. I was fortunate to have qualified for funding from QNIS to visit Kelso Community Nursing Team. The team has a band 7 Clinical Team Lead, 2 District Nurses, 3 Band 5’s and a nursing auxiliary. They have an evening service which operates from 17.00 until 22.00 from the local hospital. A nurse is identified before the shift ends that day who will deliver and collect the Out Of Hours (OOH) communication book from the…
Sensory impairments pose a threat to older people’s sense of dignity, and this project aimed to raise awareness, to nurses working in the community, of the information, support and advice available to people with sight and hearing loss in the Western isles.
This project sought to pilot two new initiatives: Improve assessment and signposting for people who maybe more vulnerable to risk of domestic fires With a local housing provider and tenants, pilot a Good Neighbour, Good Neighbourhood initiative to support people to feel safer in their community.