Opinion

Members are moving on up

20 November 2020

Discover fantastic member achievements, and more student updates.

The Covid effect on student learning continued…

Following on from last issue, Northern Ireland reports on how SCPHN programmes have been delivered during the pandemic.

Ulster University is the only university in Northern Ireland that provides and continues to run the SCPHN programme. Most of the students were redeployed when the first lockdown started. However, due to our meetings and good relationships with the trusts, we negotiated to allow for one day a week for the students to complete academic work.  

All students completed their academic work successfully and most returned to health visitor and school nurse supervised practice. At the end of August, most were in consolidation of practice. And we were confident that the majority of students would complete the course in September, which they did, the rest finishing by October.

This has been an extremely challenging time for both students and staff, but as always the relationship between the university and trust partners has proved mutually beneficial.

The lecturers put all information on our e-learning environment for students to access. All assignments and class tests were in the virtual learning environment. All students had academic assessor visits via Zoom or Skype, and individual assessments were made and action plans put in place to support students’ learning needs. All students also had contact with their allocated academic assessor and practice assessor and continued to do so until the end of the course in September.  

Ulster University is proud of our student pre-registration second- and third-year students, who we also had to support and assess during this time. With the move to the emergency NMC standards, rewriting of documents and guidance to practice partners was challenging. However all our students have been supported and have progressed.

Aishlinn Long

Course director, Ulster University


Congratulations!

Queen’s Honours

In her Birthday Honours list, the Queen gave special recognition to those who had gone above and beyond during the pandemic. This included Unite-CPHVA member Avis Alexandra Williams-McKoy, health partner, executive board, Lambeth Safeguarding Children Board. Huge congratulations to Avis who was awarded an MBE for services to the protection of young people.

Smart visual

Honorary vice-president of the CPHVA Gina Awoko Higginbottom was part of a photographic celebration of 45 female black British scholars at London’s South Bank until 8 November. The Phenomenal Women exhibition was to highlight that while there are more than 19,000 professors in UK universities, just 35 of them are black women.


Unite-CPHVA Annual Professional Conference 2020

If you attended the special virtual conference this year, we’d love to hear from you – your comments could appear in the next journal. Also, look out for a round-up in the next issue.


In your words

Many thanks for all your congratulatory tweets on the journal’s recent award, including from 
@only1colenzojt @annetteholliday @Beach_Jane and @GinaAwokoH. Here’s a selection of other recent tweets...

Rebecca stringer @BexstringerGreat to see my tweet in the @CommPrac always good to promote the School Nursing service in any capacity. Thanks @DwynwenSpargo #SchoolNurses

Sussex Community NHS @nhs_scftCongratulations to superstar #SCFT Health Visitor Julie Davidson, who has written an excellent article for the September/October edition of @CommPrac, describing techniques for working with teenage parents.

 

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