SQA/SWA Development Day

by Apr 25, 2019

On February 23, we held my first Development Day since starting this role. The day started with a fantastic presentation by Rachael Lambe and Ellen Soutter around end of life care and students. They brought up the point that many students feel out of their depth around end of life care and more training is needed. They have since shared this with Fab NHS Stuff.

Next was an explanation of the Lecture in Practice Learning (LPL) role by Joanne Day, which I know everyone found really interesting and helpful. I would also like to thank Joanne for her positive contributions to the discussions throughout the day.

Catrina Keenan and Jamie Patterson delivered a colourful, funny and thought provoking presentation regarding looking after ourselves and our own mental health. Something which I am sure everyone could be a bit more proactive with!

Simone Taylor’s presentation around difficult conversations with patients that present to emergency units with mental health issues, resonated with almost everyone in the room. This shows that even though many professionals can come across patients with mental health issues, and they do, the training can be inadequate and some just do not know how to talk to people with these health care needs. Simone is currently working on a way of helping fill the gaps in training and I am sure she will update us of her progress soon.

The Schwartz Rounds are an invaluable presence within an organisation and Dr Juline Smit and Sister Theresa Pugh showed us how they work and why they are so helpful. It is a way of discussing situations in a controlled safe environment and gives employers the chance to explain how they are feeling, good or bad. It also makes you realise you are not alone. If you ever get the chance to attend a Schwartz round either in your work, university or placement areas please do, I am sure you will find it empowering.

I would like to thank everyone who attended and presented at the development day in February. It was a fabulous success with everyone joining in some lively and at times courageous discussions.

The Academy of Fabulous Stuff

Our final presentation was from Leeanne Lockley (FAB Ambassador), although her positive presence was felt right through the day. She reminded us that it’s not all bad out there and anyone can make a difference. I would encourage everyone to look at the Academy of Fabulous Stuff and share the fabulousness!