An evaluation of the Mersey Care Professional Advice Area

Liverpool John Moores University Public Health Institute, August 2018

In April 2015, Mersey Care obtained funding for one year to set up an Enterprise and Employment (EE) Hub. This hub aimed to help service users on their path to employment and to help link up Mersey Care services with local employment support services and recruiting businesses. After funding ended in April 2016, the EE-Hub was subsumed into the Professional Advice Area (PAA), which relocated to its permanent base in the Life Rooms, Walton in May 2016. On the whole, the aims and activities of the service have remained the same: Mersey Care’s PAA aims to help people improve their personal development skills and gain meaningful employment. Although predominantly created for Mersey Care service users, the service also accepts GP and any self-referrals from individuals residing within the Mersey Care footprint. Activities delivered at the PAA encompass a range of employability and personal development courses. These include: housing advice, CV writing, interview practice, business set up, self-employment start up, pathways advice and employability skills training.

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Evaluation of Introduction of Nursing Associates: Phase 1 report for Health Education England

Traverse, July 2018

An independent evaluation of the first cohort of trainee nursing associate (TNA) pilot sites, commissioned by Health Education England. The report is primarily focused on evaluating the training and development of TNAs. It provides insights into challenges and benefits of the new role, emerging impacts of the TNA training, and reflections on the approaches to academic and work-based learning settings. It also provides recommendations about how to support TNAs while in training.

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Your Future Nurses: The Different Routes To Recruiting Your Workforce

NHS Employers, August 2018

NHS Employers infographic exploring different routes into nursing for employers. Until recently, the routes to developing registered nurses within the workforce have been limited, with the university degree being the main way to train this group of staff. The introduction of the nursing degree apprenticeship gives a new opportunity for employers to train nurses, while the creation of the new nursing associate role can help to be a bridge between healthcare assistants and graduate registered nurses.

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Rapid Evidence Review Series: Suicide Prevention Training: (LPHO Report Series, number 99: Rapid Evidence Review Series, number 3)

University of Liverpool Public Health Observatory, August 2018

This rapid evidence review summarises the evidence on the effectiveness of suicide prevention training programmes. The review will inform the sub-regional Suicide Reduction Action Plan (SRAP), being developed by the Cheshire & Merseyside Suicide Reduction Network which is governed via CHAMPS. A key component of the plan relates to the provision of suicide prevention training for anybody working with individuals who may be at greater risk of suicide.

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Scenarios to support training in using a just culture guide –

NHS Improvement, March 2018

Provided four case examples give you the material to explore how ‘A just culture guide: Supporting consistent, constructive and fair evaluation of the actions of staff involved in patient safety incidents’ works in practice. At the end of the document we provide a list of possible actions that can be tested for each scenario and highlight discussion opportunities to help trainers
prepare for the session.

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Skills for the North: Devolving technical education to cities

Institute for Public Policy Research, January 2018

Qualifications levels across the north of England are lower than for England as a whole. The Employer Skills Survey suggests that that trends in skills shortages and gaps in the north of England are distributed differently across occupations from national ones, and also that there are some striking contrasts between parts of the North. This IPPR report suggests devolving some powers and budgets for skills would help to align provision with regional economic and social priorities, and to create more agile and efficient systems.

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