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Essential Learning

Person Centred Care

This element of the induction process outlines the minimum requirements of a Registered Nurse or Midwife to have on person centred care within NHSGGC. Each of the resources will support your knowledge and confidence in a person centred care approach. Person centred care and support is everyone’s business in NHSGGC from the people who use services to the highest levels of our corporate team; from reception staff to porters; from kitchen staff to doctors; from personal care staff to social workers to chief executives; from volunteers to managers.

Essential Learning Resources

Delivering High Quality Person-Centred Health and Care

Other Useful Resources

What Matters to You in NHSScotland

Healthcare Quality Strategy (2019) Pursuing Excellence

Patient Rights Act

Care Opinion

Pressure Ulcer Prevention

This element of the induction process outlines the minimum requirements of a Registered Paediatric Nurse support safe, effective, person centred pressure area care within NHSGGC. Each of the resources will support your knowledge and confidence in pressure ulcer prevention.

Essential Learning Resources

learnPro module: GGC: 080 Prevention of Pressure Ulcers

Other Useful Resources

Pressure Ulcer Prevention and Management Policy (Staffnet)

Tissue Viability Service – Acute Division (Staffnet)

The Deteriorating Patient

Most children will have a secondary cardiac arrest following an episode of an acute illness and is usually caused by hypoxia. This is rarely a sudden even but follows a progressive deterioration. By recognising early that a patient is sick and/or deteriorating we can intervene, seek expert help and hopefully stop the patient deteriorating further to cardiac arrest. The prognosis following a secondary cardiorespiratory arrest is poor, therefore emphasis should be placed upon early recognition and prevention.

Within NHS GGC a Paediatric Early Warning Score tool (PEWS) is used to help recognise sick and/or deteriorating patients. The patient’s PEWS score, along with the staff member’s assessment of the patient, can help identify patients at risk of clinical deterioration. PEWS charts have been shown to reduce the amount of “crash calls” and PICU admission with staff escalating their concerns early to the appropriate teams.

Essential Learning

Paediatric Early Warning Score: PEWS 

Other Useful Resources

During induction, all staff new to paediatrics will be allocated a specific date/time for appropriate resuscitation training, provided by the resuscitation training department. It is essential you attend the time given to you.Staff should ensure these skills are maintained and can book onto future update courses via the eESS system or their line manager:

All resuscitation training dates can be found via the Royal Hospital for Children – resuscitation training dates (scot.nhs.uk)

Resuscitation training department: 0141 451 5606 (85606)

Medicines Administration

This element of the induction process outlines the minimum requirements required of a Registered Nurse or Midwife for safe medicines administration in NHSGGC. Each of the resources will help you to develop your knowledge and confidence in medicines administration, and heighten understanding of your contribution towards patient safety

Essential Learning Resources

Medicines Administration presentation A 30 minute presentation with voiceover describing the principles of medicines administration

Other Useful Resources

Medicines Administration video A brief 6 minute video underpinning the key messages to learn from the non intravenous medicines proficiency

NMC The Code

NHSGGC Policy: Safe and Secure Handling of Medicines in Hospital Wards, Theatres and Departments

RPS: Professional Guidance on the Administration of Medicines in Healthcare Settings

Food, Fluid and Nutrition

This element of the induction process outlines the minimum requirements of a Registered Nurse or Midwife to support safe, effective, person centred nutritional care within NHSGGC.

Essential Learning Resources

Food, Fluid and Nutrition 

Other Useful Resources

learnPro module: GGC:146 Food Hygiene

Food, Fluid and Nutritional Care Home Page (Staffnet – access from GGC computer)

Blood Glucose Monitoring

NHSGGC uses the FreeStyle Precision Pro ® Blood Glucose Meter for blood glucose monitoring. 

All staff must be trained prior to using the meters for the first time.

Essential Learning Resources

learnPro module GGC210 FS Precision Pro – Glucose

  • What next ? – practical training within your clinical area by your Cascade trainer which includes a quality control test and a patient test.
  • A Meter Compliance Form will then be sent to Clinical Biochemistry.
  • You will then receive a unique barcode which you will use to analyse any patient samples. Your barcode should never be shared with anyone else.
Infection Prevention and Control

This element of the induction process outlines the minimum requirements of a Registered Nurse or Midwife to support safe, effective, person centred infection prevention and control within NHSGGC. Each of the resources will support your knowledge and confidence in Infection Prevention and Control (IPC). The IPC provide an Infection Control service to all health care workers (both clinical & non-clinical disciplines), patients and visitors within NHSGGC. Each Sector and Directorate has an IPC team who can be contacted Monday to Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm and out with these times an on-call Microbiologist is available via switchboard.

Essential Learning Resources

learnPro module – GGC 007 Standard Infection Control Precautions

learnPro module – NES: Prevention & Control Infection: C.Difficile

Other Useful Resources

Scottish Infection Prevention and Control Education Pathway

Infection Prevention and Control homepage

National Infection Prevention and Control Manual

Sharps Safety

To prevent needlestick injuries, NHSGGC provides sharp safe devices across the organisation within all areas of clinical practice, for the protection of staff. Please watch the video below to learn more:

Essential Learning Resources

learnPro modules GGC: 061 Management of Needlestick and Similar Injuries Prevention and Management of Occupational Exposure (this can be found in the Scottish IPC Education Pathway in the Infection Prevention and Control tab

Professional and Organisational Policy and Guidance

A Safer Place to Work – Sharps

Blood Transfusion

Any registered paediatric nurse involved in any stage of the transfusion process is required to undertake the appropriate learning required for their role. The transfusion process includes:

  • making the decision to transfuse and associated communication with patient
  • requesting blood components
  • taking pre-transfusion blood samples
  • collecting and storing blood components
  • administration of a transfusion
  • patient monitoring during and following transfusion

Please read the following guidance:

Rapid induction guide for Registered Nurses/Midwives and ODPs involved in the transfusion process

Essential Learning Resources

Safe and Local Transfusion Practice (presentation)

learnPro Blood Transfusion Modules (go to Blood Transfusion tab and complete the modules called ‘Blood components and indications for use’ ‘Safe sampling for transfusion’ video  ‘Safe Transfusion Practice for Paediatrics’      

Other Useful Resources

NHSGGC Clinical Transfusion Policy (access from a NHSGGC computer)

NHSGGC Blood Transfusion pages (access from a NHSGGC computer)

Palliative Care

This element of the induction process outlines the minimum requirements of a Registered Nurse or Midwife to support safe, effective, person centred palliative care within NHSGGC. Each of the resources will support your knowledge and confidence in providing palliative and end of life care.  The Paediatric Supportive and Palliative Care team at Royal Hospital for Children (RHC) provide tertiary specialist paediatric palliative care across the paediatric spectrum, from the antenatal period, through infancy and childhood and also for young people until they reach their 16th birthday (and those who are 17-18 years but still accessing services at RHC). The service provides an individual patient-centred pathway from diagnosis or recognition that a condition is life-threatening or life-limiting.

The team will accept referrals from any healthcare professional. If a patient requires to be assessed by a member of the team the named consultant on the child or young person’s care must give approval. Get is touch with the team with an electronic referral via TrakCare – Paediatric Supportive and Palliative Care consult.

Essential Learning Resources

Babies.Children and Young Peoples Palliative Care (40 minute presentation by Caroline Porter, Diana Children’s Nurse)

Other Useful Resources

Paediatric Supportive and Palliative Care

Trakcare

TrakCare® is the Patient Management System for NHSGGC. All patient episodes (Outpatient, Inpatient and Emergency) are recorded and managed on TrakCare. TrakCare incorporates electronic requesting (Order Comms) for Labs, Radiology and Cardiology and electronic results.

Essential Learning Resources

learnPro module GGC: 009 Safe Information Handling

 TrakCare training for new Registrants (video can only be accessed from a GGC computer) As of 2nd October Trak Care electronic requesting (order comms) will be updated. Please watch the video here to view the new process.

Other Useful Resources

If after watching the video you feel further training on TrakCare is required, please book your online face to face session via the learnPro home page (Go to the bottom of the page and click on Training events/course booking and apply).

IT systems and New Applications: a Guide for Acute Services NMAHPs (GGC computer only)

Record Keeping and Documentation

This element of the induction process outlines the minimum requirements of a Registered Nurse to support safe, effective, person centred record keeping and documentation within NHSGGC. In your clinical environment with many demands on your time, keeping documentation records is a challenging but essential part of your role. All documentation records are part of the nursing process; assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of care.

Essential Learning

Record Keeping and Documentation- Good Practice Points (a quick guide)

Other Useful Resources

NMC Code

NHSGGC Professional Standards for Record Keeping Policy

Checklist

Sign this checklist and print or share an electronic copy with your Senior Charge Nurse or Midwife. Following completion of this Corporate Nursing Induction, your Senior Charge Nurse or local educator, will direct you to specialty specific induction materials.