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Scotland promotes AHP learning

9 June 2011 - 9:43am

NHS staff in Scotland have a major new resource, launched on 7 June, to help with their professional development.

The Effective Practitioner initiative was developed by NHS Education for Scotland for nurses, midwives and allied health professionals . It tackles their shortage of time for professional development by promoting workplace learning.

Up-to-date support

‘We welcome the focus on professional development for AHPs and the online resource that makes up-to-date support available and accessible,’ said Kenryck Lloyd-Jones, CSP policy officer for Scotland.

Its website includes learning activities that will help staff provide evidence for their Knowledge and Skills Framework development review. Its self-assessment tool will help them develop a personal development plan.

Managers can help

The site includes materials aimed at managers, suggesting ways they can help.

And staff won’t be on their own: they’ll have hands-on support from ‘practice education facilitators’ based in local NHS boards.

‘The main benefits have been in relation to the achievement of a more person-centred approach to care,’ said Hazel Dykes, AHP director at NHS Dumfries and Galloway, where the scheme was piloted. 

Holistic approach

‘The increasing emphasis on person-centred care aligns closely with the holistic approach of physiotherapists,’ said Mr Lloyd-Jones.

‘It reveals the ways in which CSP members make a significant contribution to the government's emphasis on quality healthcare.'

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