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                                   UNIVERSITY OF SALFORD
                                    SCHOOL OF NURSING

MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF SCHOOL COUNCIL HELD ON WEDNESDAY 10
OCTOBER 2007 IN MARY SEACOLE BUILDING

Present:     Mrs J Wild (Chair)                        Mrs C Hynes
             Ms S Beswick                              Mrs J Jenkins
             Mrs J Cappleman                           Mrs I Jenkins
             Ms K Doyle                                Prof M Johnson
             Mrs A Gallacher                           Mrs L Lawson
             Mrs D Gawthorpe                           Ms R Leary
             Ms P Howe                                 Prof T Long
             Mrs J Hunter                              Ms L Neville
                                                       Ms N Sharples

07.40   APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE – are recorded for Mrs P Dickinson, Prof T Warne,
        Mrs E Thacker, Mrs M McGrath, Mr R Stansfield, Mrs M Dilger and Mr M Raynor.

07.41   MINUTES

        Confirmed         that the minutes of the previous meeting (04.07.07) were a correct
                          record of the proceedings (Document SC/07/32)

07.42   MATTERS ARISING FROM THE MINUTES

        (on item 07.03(2)      Noted Finance – that some seconded student were recruited
                                     and it is expected more will be seconded for the March
                                     2008 intake.

        (on item 07.17(5)      Noted IPE – Karen Kniveton is reviewing the membership of
                                     both the strategic and operational groups. It was thought
                                     that Celia Hynes represented the School on the strategic
                                     group.

        (on item 07.30(3)      Noted Re-learning – that the change concerning funding tuition
                                     fees for re-learning is effective from next academic year,
                                     after the July 08 Examination Board. This issue is also
                                     being highlighted by the Council of Deans.

        (on item 07.31)        Noted International Strategy Group – it was thought that a
                                     recommendation could go to the Faculty Facilities Group
                                     concerning    an     effective way   of    showcasing
                                     achievements and events. ISD are currently pursuing an
                                     audio visual presentation medium with interactive
                                     software.

07.43   REPORT FROM HEAD OF SCHOOL

        Received          a verbal report from the Head of School in which it was noted that:

        Noted             (1) Finance – that the year end surplus is £375,330 achieved mainly
                              by savings on staffing vacancies. £4M in reserves have
                              accumulated and the Dean is looking at pulling these into the
                              Faculty. A major investment in the purchase of specialised
                              clinical skills manikins has been authorised. A new Director of
                              Finance has been appointed in the University who is looking at
                              different models of managing finance. It was noted that the
                              School research income was the highest within the Faculty and
                              much of this was due to the AH(R)’s efforts in tracking funding.
                              AE income was also above target.




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                          (2) Staffing – Stephen Bailey, Lecturer (Adult Nursing) left the
                              University on 23.09.07 and this post will not be replaced.
                              Kate Hodkinson, Lecturer (Adult Nursing) left the University on
                              09.09.07 and this post will not be replaced.
                              Bernadette Jones left the University on 28.08.07 and Janet
                              Downes has been appointed as a temporary replacement for 3
                              months. The job description for the post of clinical skills
                              technician is under review.
                              Dawn Mills, Practitioner Lecturer, left the University on 31.08.07
                              and has been appointed as an Honorary Lecturer
                              Lorraine Earnshaw, Advanced Practice Learning Facilitator
                              (Pennine Care) left the University on 31.08.07 to return to her
                              Trust role and this vacancy has been replaced by Carol Harper
                              from 01.09.07 – 31.08.08
                              Paul Tarbuck, Advanced Practice Learning Facilitator (Bolton,
                              Salford & Trafford) has had his service level agreement extended
                              until 31.03.09 on a 0.30 fte basis
                              Sally Deaville, Advanced Practice Learning Facilitator (Pennine
                              Acute) has had her service level agreement extended to
                              31.08.08
                              Sarah Watts, pre-registration programme support administrator,
                              has left the University at the end of her casual contract
                              Dono Widiatmoko has been appointed as Senior Lecturer (Public
                              Health) from 11.09.07.
                              Arvin Prashar has been appointed as Research Fellow to support
                              2 projects lead by Dr Tracey Williamson one for the period
                              02.07.07 – 01.01.08 and one for the period 06.08.07 – 05.08.09.
                              After a long administrative process, Dr Juliet Corbin has been
                              appointed as Honorary Professor from 01.09.07

                               The following staff are currently on long term sick leave: Joe
                               Roberts, Lesley Greenhalgh, Pam Sherlock, Alison Aitken, Ume
                               Ejaz.

                          (3) School Management – that Professor Tony Warne has been
                              appointed as Head of School although a commencement date
                              has not been finalised. There will, therefore, be a transitional
                              period for the School over the following months. Thanks were
                              extended to all staff who have been undertaking specific roles in
                              the School Management Structure and have agreed to continue
                              in these roles until the end of the year. The University’s Line
                              Management Group will be reporting to the SLT and hopefully
                              feedback on developments will be available for the next meeting.
                              The principle recommendation is that academic staff are divided
                              into ‘Directorates’ each being led by a ‘Director’. Debate
                              continues on level of remuneration, whether the posts are
                              advertised internally or externally, appointed on a fixed term
                              basis or rotational. A role descriptor has been developed which
                              may need further review. Discussion is ongoing around
                              Associate Head roles and recognition for other business critical
                              roles. On behalf of the School, Jill Wild was thanked for her
                              contribution to the School’s successes and her leadership during
                              her term of office as Head of School.

07.44   REPORT ON RESEARCH AND SCHOLARSHIP

        Received          a report on research and scholarship activities presented by the
                          Associate Head of School – Research (Document SC/07/39)

        Noted             (1) on item (2) that staff are encouraged to submit items for
                              publication in ‘Scholarship’




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                          (2) on item (4) that the revised web site is now much more user
                              friendly.

                          (3) on item (5) that research mentors have been identified and the
                              role clearly explained. Every effort has been made to encourage
                              individuals to participate, particularly probationary staff.
                              Information will be shared with Professional Leads.

                          (4) on item (7) that the descriptive submission document is in
                              preparation and some significant achievements have been
                              reported as a direct result of the School’s investment in and
                              commitment to research development. The outcome should be
                              known at the end of 2008/early 2009.

07.45   REPORT ON QUALITY ISSUES

        Received          (1) a report on quality issues presented by the Strategic Lead –
                              Quality (Document SC/07/33)

        Noted             (2) on item A that the Health Professions Council and Nursing and
                              Midwifery Council have agreed to the change in credit rating for
                              the non-medical prescribing programme.

                          (3) on item D that all Trusts have been contacted by the Strategic
                              Health Authority concerning management of a live register and
                              identification of sign-off mentors. Feedback is awaited. There is
                              a concern that different models will be used for collection of data.

        Received          (4) Student Passport        –    Practice   Learning   and   Progression
                              Document.

        Noted             (5) that from September 2007 students are required to have a
                              documented progress record of learning and evidence to support
                              achievement of outcomes and competencies, but not applied
                              retrospectively. This has created an element of duplication with
                              regard to practice assessment and PDP, which is a programme
                              requirement. It is important that the sign off mentors are clear of
                              what their role is. It was thought that alternative methods of
                              maintaining student records and access to learning materials
                              could be explored.

                          (6) on item E that planning is underway for the annual contract
                              review on 16 January 2008. An action plan is required by the
                              end of November.

                               The NMC is leading a review of pre-registration nursing
                               education and are consulting on a range of issues that will inform
                               the future framework. Some of the proposals will have a major
                               impact on pre-registration programmes. The consultation period
                               runs until February 2008.

07.46   REPORT ON TEACHING, LEARNING AND ASSESSMENT ACTIVITIES

        Received          (1) a report on teaching, learning and assessment activities
                              presented by the Associate Head of School (Teaching).
                              (Document SC/07/40)

        Noted             (2) on item 5 (programme changes) that the cardiac rehabilitation
                              module has received initial approval provided that a move is
                              made towards distance learning. The contract from the British
                              Heart Foundation has been finalised. Minor modification will be
                              needed for modules to be delivered in different semesters for



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                               which they were originally approved and CRN numbers are
                               linked to this.

        Received          (3) the Annual Programme Review Summary Report 2006/07.

        Noted             (4) that the programme report for the Foundation Degree in CAMHS
                              is awaited as the Joint Board of Study meets in November.

                          (5) that following the Faculty project report into users and carers, this
                              has again been highlighted at Faculty Executive as to how this is
                              to be taken forward but there are no further developments to
                              report.

                          (6) that an impact assessment on the Optimising the Curriculum plan
                              will be undertaken and reported in the New Year.

        Received          (7) School Retention Action Plan 07/08

                          (8) that the University aims for a growth in student numbers from 18k
                              to 24k over 10 years and the Faculty has identified a potential
                              growth area in international post-graduate work.              The
                              international strategy has been launched and links to this.

07.47   REPORT ON ADMISSIONS

        Received          (1) Analysis of Recruitment 2006/07 for pre-registration, post-
                              qualification and post-graduate programmes and an interim
                              Analysis of Recruitment for September 2007 and March 2008
                              pre-registration Diploma and Degree cohorts (Document
                              SC/07/34)

        Noted             (2) that if March 2008 targets are not achieved there will be a further
                              shortfall in income. However, it is acknowledged that the
                              admissions team have worked extremely hard to achieve these
                              numbers to date.

                          (3) that mental health recruitment needs to be looked at within the
                              Mental Health Directorate to investigate what action can be taken
                              to encourage recruitment.

07.48   REPORT ON PRE-REGISTRATION PROGRAMMES

        Received          a report on pre-registration programmes presented by the Strategic
                          Lead – Pre-Registration (Document SC/07/35)

        Noted             that the first post destination statistics are based on questionnaires
                          completed by students. The University follows up students 6 months
                          post-graduate.

07.49   REPORT ON LIFELONG LEARNING ACTIVITIES

        Received          a report on lifelong learning activities presented by the Strategic Lead
                          – Lifelong Learning. (Document SC/07/36)

        Noted             (1) that currently 52 post-graduate students have registered for
                              modules. The uptake by Trusts on modules within the SLA
                              changes on a regular basis.

07.50   REPORT ON ACADEMIC ENTERPRISE ACTIVITIES

        Received          a report on Academic Enterprise presented by the Associate Head of
                          School (Academic Enterprise). (Document SC/07/37)



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        Noted             (1) that higher financial targets have been set for 07/08 and AE
                              activity will need to increase to achieve this.

                          (2) that the report includes a snapshot of activities in development or
                              in progress but is not a comprehensive schedule which is
                              available on the Faculty database. New partnership activities are
                              coming on line, particularly from the charitable sector.

                          (3) that the marketing budget has been significantly reduced within
                              the Faculty this year to approximately £10k per School.

                          (4) that it is important to note that Prince 2 project management
                              does not require a release from work to undertake the
                              programme as this is completed on line. The programme
                              consists of 8 modules to be completed by October 2008. The
                              School has developed a database to monitor progress.

07.51   REPORT ON ADMINISTRATION ACTIVITIES

        Received          A report on administration activities presented by the School
                          Administrator. (Document SC/07/38)

        Noted             (1) that some members of staff have concerns around the ethical
                              principles and human rights issues of the biometric pilot project
                              whilst it is acknowledged that the School has a legal obligation to
                              ensure that students attend for the prescribed number of hours.
                              The School is cognisant of the need for safeguards to ensure
                              data is stored securely and is protected. A wider debate may be
                              needed to look at these issues once the pilot is completed.

07.52   ANY OTHER BUSINESS

        None.

07.53   DATE, TIME AND PLACE OF NEXT MEETING
                                                                                        rd
        Wednesday, 13 February 2008 at 9.30am in the Board Room (MS3.02), 3                  Floor,
        Mary Seacole Building, Frederick Road Campus




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