ELHT introduces revolution in ward nursing care

Date: 11 October 2017

CLiP

Pictured: Ward Manager Jeanette Ryde (front left) and Sister Samantha Cannon welcome the first CLiP student nurses on duty at Ward C22 at Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital

Two wards at the Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital (RBTH) have become the first across East Lancashire to introduced a revolutionary new way of educating and training student nurses.

Officially known as Collaborative Learning in Practice (CLiP®), the new way of training helps student nurses gain greater experience and responsibility for patient care while being fully supported by senior nursing colleagues.

CLiP® means student nurses at the Trust have the chance to develop knowledge and skills faster and in a better learning environment for the long term benefit of the Trust and, most importantly, its patients.

ELHT Director of Nursing, Christine Pearson said: “CLiP® encourages learning by doing and is making our student nurses more competent and confident before they qualify and become Staff Nurses.

“Supervised by senior nursing staff at all times, student nurses gain in-depth knowledge, have a wider variety of experiences and are able to deliver consistent and holistic care to patients using CLiP®."

First used in Amsterdam, CLiP® is being introduced at the Trust in partnership with the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) Faculty of Health and Wellbeing.

Supported by an experienced nursing staff using the coaching model, the students undertake all the care required for their patients, from essential nursing care, to documentation, ward rounds, handover and discharge planning.

ELHT Practice Education Facilitator, Karen Wrigley said: “The students effectively manage their own patients on the ward, according to the individual student’s level of experience and knowledge. They feel more confident and capable at the end of placement, especially third year students who say they are better prepared for the responsibilities that come after they qualify.”

CLiP® also means better care for patients with up to 10 students working on each CLiP ward.

In addition, third year students will use coaching to support second and first year colleagues to ensure a smooth transition from student to staff nurse. For example, a first year student manages one patient for their shift; a second year will manage two to three patients, and a third year student will manage up to four patients.   

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    Two wards at the Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital (RBTH) have become the first across East Lancashire to introduced a revolutionary new way of educating and training student nurses.

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