The focus of this paper is development of a Haematology Practice Development and Research Unit (PDRU) at an Acute Teaching Hospital Trust in the North West region of the UK. The aims of nursing practice development units generally are to pioneer evaluate and disseminate innovative practice initiatives which also facilitate the professional development of practitioners. Accreditation and support of such units in the past has been notably provided by the King’s Fund utilising Department of Health funding. McSherry et al (200�) also describes a newly devised Excellence In Practice Accreditation Scheme (EPAS) that measures standards of practice for a given health and social care setting by providing objective data indicating the level of clinical excellence obtained for a team or organisation. Evaluation of such units has been also provided by, for example, Pearson (1997) and Gerrish (2001). Gerrish in particular reports that the rhetoric of successful practice development units sometimes differs from the reality of how they function. Factors which influence the success of the units largely depend on strong leadership, motivation and commitment of the unit team members, having adequate financial resources and robust support provided by managers, medical staff and educational institutions. The aim of the PDRU that is the focus of this abstract is to develop and enhance clinical practice over a three year period. Three small research projects have been identified and staff involved in these projects, will on successful completion of an appropriate piece of academic work be eligible for the award of academic credit validated by a local University using accreditation of work based learning principles. The paper to be presented will describe the processes undertaken in setting up the unit and how accreditation of the unit and work-based learning have been approached
|Publication status||Published - Mar 2006|
|Event||Royal College of Nursing (RCN) International Nursing Research Conference - York Racecourse, York, United Kingdom|
Duration: 21 Mar 2006 → 24 Mar 2006
|Conference||Royal College of Nursing (RCN) International Nursing Research Conference|
|Period||21/03/06 → 24/03/06|
Jinks, A., Marsden, C., & Mazhindu, D. (2006). Developing a Haematology Practice Development Unit at an Acute Hospital Trust. Poster session presented at Royal College of Nursing (RCN) International Nursing Research Conference, York, United Kingdom.