Innovation

This section looks at ideas that have improved practice, from projects putting patient experience at the heart of hospital practice to a new checking system that reduces complications from surgery.

This section looks at ideas that have improved practice, from projects putting patient experience at the heart of hospital practice to a new checking system that reduces complications from surgery.

It also has articles about how to make a case for extra funding and ways to put creative solutions to good use within health care.

‘A whole world of opportunity’
Scores of NHS trusts have started vital and innovative projects to improve care after receiving cash from the Nursing Technology Fund. Petra Kendall-Raynor reports.
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Time to share good practice
Chief executive of the Florence Nightingale Foundation Elizabeth Robb says nurses may feel the profession has yet again taken a knock due to unfavourable headlines over the past year. As a result, she wants nurses attending the foundation’s annual conference to take something away from it to re-energise their workplace.
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Driver for change
After working with older individuals in Jersey and dealing with the challenges of a secure unit in London, Paula Thompson has returned to her native Northern Ireland to lead a team that is improving the lives of people with dementia. But instigating new ways of working has not always been easy, she tells Daniel Allen.
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Home truths
It was early in Geraldine Browne’s 30-year nursing career that she developed a deep commitment to the care of older people. Now, as a care home manager, she is using her experience to encourage innovative nursing practice that benefits residents and ensures staff are well trained and highly motivated. She spoke to Daniel Allen
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We’re here to help you
At the heart of the RCN's professional operation is its nursing department, which recently incorporated the college's learning and development institute and then revamped into three new teams.
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Because you’re worth it
Nurse consultants need to be able to describethe contribution they make to improving outcomes, the patient experience and the quality of health care, all while making savings.
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The Gold Standard   
Looking back to the last Florence Nightingale Foundation conference in March is like recalling a different world, says the foundation's chief executive, Elizabeth Robb.
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Turn ideas into action
The European Commission defines entrepreneurship as 'the ability to turn ideas into action' and describes it as an essential requirement for future economic growth.
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Project yourself
Nurses can play a major role inprojects to improve their organisations, says Colleen Wedderburn Tate
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