Multi-professional clinical team induction programme

One of the advantages of having a well thought out progressive multi-professional induction programme is that it can accelerate the engagement and effective integration of a new practitioner into the multi-professional team.

There are 4 key principles that underpin a clinical team induction programme:

Staff Physical and Psychological Wellbeing:

Optimising health, safety and wellbeing during any health care crisis such as the COVID-19 outbreak is vital. A clinical team induction programme will enable healthcare practitioners to look after their physical and mental wellbeing. Providing strategies to support these should be embedded throughout training.

Patient safety:

There is a principle to support the workforce in avoiding unintended or unexpected harm to patients during the provision of healthcare. A team clinical induction programme will enable healthcare practitioners to incorporate strategies to minimise incidents and incorporate continuous improvements to achieve high quality care in their designated role.

Development of effective communication strategies:

Effective communication can help build strong relationships with patients and families, as well as other members of the interdisciplinary team to provide a high level of care. Healthcare practitioners need to be supported in their communication needs specific to the environment of the workplace and to develop strategies including use of IT for effective communication in any challenging environment which is particularly important to improve safe, effective care in different contexts.

Evidence based practice:

Evidence based practice incorporates the integration of the best available evidence, clinician expertise with the patients’ knowledge, wishes, values and circumstances- a person centred approach. In any setting healthcare practitioners will require to be flexible and adaptable in light of the best available evidence.

An example of a multi-professional clinical team induction programme

We have developed a series of interactive stations for a multi-professional clinical team induction programme which covers both generic and specific clinical skills using an agreed lesson template.

The developed stations and resources can be used or adapted as needed to create any healthcare induction programme.

The context for the development of this shared package was for the clinical teams who would be working in a step down Covid-19 facility in the Nightingale hospital, NHS Louisa Jordan as part of the response to the pandemic.

This multi-professional team induction programme was created to meet the required three tiers of practitioners needed at NHS Louisa Jordan to care for step down Covid-19 patients prior to their discharge home.

The three day multi-professional clinical team induction programme was comprised of a team drill every morning followed on days 1 and 2 by a rotation through a series of 45 minute generic skills or clinical skills training stations which were dependent on the tier of practitioner.

Day 3 focused on immersive patient simulation scenarios followed by a team ward simulation exercise in the afternoon.

This multi-professional clinical team induction package shares:

  • the generic and core clinical skills lesson plans
  • a lesson plan and lesson plan review template
  • resources
    • Induction checklist
    • IRMER guidelines (Ionising Radiation Medical Exposure Regulations (2000)) 
    • Job descriptions
    • Resource links
    • Scenarios
    • SOPs (standard operating procedures)
Tier 1: Advanced Clinical Practitioner

Advanced clinical practitioner’s education and training is for those healthcare professionals with current expertise and experience of working in a senior clinical role in the NHS or other comparable field (i.e. armed forces).

You will be required to undertake training in:

Generic skills:

  • Compassionate care
  • Datix and Greatix
  • Discharge of patients
  • Fire and HSE
  • Infection control and clinical waste management
  • Moving and handling
  • Spiritual care of patients
  • Team drills
  • Use of IT system

Core clinical skills:  

  • Communication
  • Counselling families remotely
  • PPE 
  • Prescribing for designated medication
  • Urinary catheterisation
Tier 2: Core Clinical Practitioner

Core clinical practitioner’s education and training is for those registered healthcare professionals who will be working in an NHS Louisa Jordan role that is different to their current clinical role within the NHS. You will be expected to adapt your practice to work in your team.

You will be required to undertake training in:

Generic skills:

  • Compassionate care
  • Fire and HSE 
  • Infection control and clinical waste management
  • Moving and handling
  • Psychological PPE
  • Team skills

Core clinical skills:

  • Communication strategies
  • COVID BLS
  • Donning and doffing PPE
  • O2 therapy
  • Patient care,
  • Use of NEWS2
Tier 3 - Core Supporter

Supporter’s education and training is for those who will be working in a role that is significantly different to their current role including staff who may not have any health or care experience. These roles do not have direct patient responsibility but will be part of clinical care teams.

You will be required to undertake training in:

Generic skills:

  • Compassionate care
  • Fire and HSE
  • Infection control and clinical waste management
  • Moving and handling
  • Team drills
  • Use of IT system

 

Core clinical skills:

  • Communication strategies
  • COVID BLS
  • Patient care