Here are some resources that you might find helpful.

We will be adding to this section over time, but if there is anything you think might help others in the community then please do contact us.

  • Nurse Innovators

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    The impetus for us to produce this report and the accompanying case studies was initially born out of our frustration at the lack of recognition at all levels of the health service and within Government of the key contribution that senior nurses in clinical decision-making roles currently make to our health service – and the huge potential to develop this nursing workforce for the future.

  • Healthcare Improvement Scotland QI Connect 2015 Global WebEx Series

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    Healthcare Improvement Scotland has an exciting line up of monthly WebEx sessions presented by an exceptional global faculty. Simply link in from your own desk to learn from national and international leaders in Quality Improvement.

  • NHS England 2014 Personalised care for long term conditions-the Five Year Forward View

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    NHS England publishes three new handbooks to support commissioners and practitioners in planning services for people with long term conditions (LTCs), in order to achieve more effective, personalised care, Dr Martin McShane, NHS England’s Director for Patients with Long Term Conditions, explains why they are a vital new tool.

  • RCN Factsheet 2013

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    The Royal College of Nursing have done work in this area. To support specialist nurses to continue delivering high quality, patient-centred and cost-effective care, the RCN has been calling for commissioners, health care providers and governments to commit to the following:

    – All patients with long term conditions should have access to a specialist nurse.
    – Specialist nurses should be allowed time to care and accomplish the vital aspects of their role.
    – Increasing funding for specialist nursing roles and supporting other providers and commissioners to understand the wider cost implications and health improvements to be gained in continued investments in both the medium to long-term.

  • NHS Scotland - The Advanced Practice Toolkit

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    The Advanced Practice Toolkit was launched by NHS Scotland in 2008 but has evolved over time and is one of Alison’s favourite resources. Although based in Scotland much of the material is UK wide.

  • Maxi Nurses

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    Advanced and specialist nursing roles from 2005 is also worth viewing.

  • A quick guide to payment by results

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    This is a straightforward guide to the PbR system. Come back later for more on activity!

  • American Nurses Association

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    This is a great report looking at the role of nursing, including advanced practice nursing. It focusses on how nurses are the solution to leadership challenges.

    It is supported by this Website which has lots of useful information and data

  • Speaking about your work

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    Suzanne Gordon (co-author of from Silence to Voice) has written a lot about why nurses need to speak about their contribution for the benefit of patients.  It includes the excellent “Just a nurse” resource.

  • Portrayals of nursing in the media & how this influences perceptions of value

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    If you are interested in the implicit messages about nursing that are given out by the media you might want to check out

  • Role definitions & clarity

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    Macmillan did a piece of work on transferrable roles & skills-although cancer focussed much of this work is useful in long term conditions also.

  • The Association of Stoma Nurses Nursing Standards and Audit Toolkit (2013)

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    For examples of key performance indicators (these are from the Stoma Care specialist community but almost every specialism has their own-you can use NICE or other best practice guidance).

  • High Impact Actions in Stoma Care

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    For many other specialisms there are NICE Quality indicators and cancer has the national cancer standards – choose some specific evidence-based guidance for your specialism.

  • Grumbling Appendix

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    For a different view trying reading or writing blogs.

    ‘Grumbling Appendix’ completed a degree in modern languages before qualifying as a Registered General Nurse in 1987. Since then, she has worked in a number of specialities including general medicine, oncology, rehabilitation and neurology. She started her blog as a place to discuss current issues in nursing, (and in particular, to link them to the wider social and political context). She continues to work in an NHS hospital.

  • TED


    Need a bit of inspiration?  Get to know TED! TED talks are short (about 15-20 minutes) talks designed to inspire and really make you think!

    Amy Cuddy Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy shows how “power posing” — standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident can make a difference.

    Ken Robinson (a favourite speaker of Jerome!) Sir Ken Robinson – he talks a lot about education and talent and you can check out his talks here.

    Sheryl Sandberg the COO of Facebook talks about why a smaller percentage of women than men reach the top of their professions – about the assumptions people make about women who lead and why women have to “lean in” (she has also written a book called Lean In which is worth a read).

    Steve Jobs the Founder of Apple urges us to pursue our dreams and see the opportunities in life’s setbacks — including death itself. “The only way to do great work is to love what you do”.

    Simon Sinek on how great leaders inspire action. “People don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it”.

  • How to overcome a fear

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    Think Clearly Newsletter is written by Mathias Vestergaard. In Mathias’ words: “I am a happy father and passionate armchair consultant who loves deep conversations. Based on the collective experience of the creative entrepreneurs and CEOs I have worked with. Made with love for all the amazing and inspiring people I have met.”

  • Journal of Advanced Nursing - It's time for the nursing profession to leverage social media

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    Advances in technology have transformed the way we live, how we work, and how we interact. Social media include web and mobile-based technology platforms providing an opportunity for information exchange, dialogue, and communication (Kaplan & Haenlein 2010). The strong consumer interface, temporality, and accessibility poise social media to be the next technological wave in health care.

  • Understanding evidence. How to write and share a good journal club.

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    Emma Vincent provides valuable advice on how to write and share a good journal club. In this article, Emma provides 10 tips for those thinking about starting a journal club within their own CNS role.

  • Clinical Nurse Specialist Roles - Job Planning Guidance

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    Development of Job Planning Guidance for Clinical Nurse Specialist Roles
    A Steering Group comprising the Executive Directors of Nursing from across the five Health and Social Care (HSC) Trusts and the Public Health Agency (PHA), facilitated by the Northern Ireland Practice and Education Council for Nursing and Midwifery (NIPEC), is leading the development of job planning guidance for clinical nurse specialist’s. A Working Group of key stakeholders (see Appendix One) was established, to develop in partnership, job planning guidance and regionally agreed high-level job plans, in the acute (hospital) sector in the first instance.