Tell me more about the Placement Development Network. For more information on the The Placement Development Network has Placement Development Network evolved since 2002 and is now benefitting from further strategic investment due to its please visit: proven success in Greater Manchester. It has been developed by NHS North West and is http://www.bolton.nhs.uk/nwpdn now working in partnership with NHS Bolton. The Network aims to provide sufficient, high Contact Details quality learning in practice opportunities to meet the education and training requirements for all healthcare learners across the North Ann Amor West region. It also aims to broaden practice Network Communication Lead experience for learners to equip them to meet the new challenges of 21 st century Tel 01204 462459 healthcare. Mob 07552 164308 Why is the expansion of the Placement Lynne Butterworth An Information Development Network necessary? Network Officer Leaflet The number of learners enrolling on healthcare programmes in the North West has risen dramatically. This growth is set to Tel 01204 462460 continue in order to meet future workforce requirements. When coupled with an anticipated retiring workforce of nearly 25%, the emergence of new roles, and the continual This leaflet has been produced by reconfiguration of health care teams, there is insufficient capacity and inconsistent quality The North West Placement Development of available learning in practice opportunities. Network What is the role of the PDM? Are PDMs involved in the Self Are PDMs responsible for deciding Assessment (Educational Audit) capacity figures? PDMs are funded by NHS North West, process? working in partnership with NHS Bolton and The capacity of each placement is dependent are based in one of three locality teams. The No, however PDMs support the new areas to on a number of variables, e.g. number of PDM role is a strategic, developmental role, achieve a successful first audit before Mentors, nature of service, staff numbers working beyond traditional boundaries, that handing it over to the PEF for further per shift, total number of learners etc. The addresses the challenges of placement support. New placements will be developed by PEFs are required to monitor, maintain and capacity, equity, consistency and quality the PDMs in order to ensure the learning increase mentor numbers. The final decision across all healthcare professions. PDMs also environment is suitable and that maximum regarding capacity is made in partnership. aim to improve and widen the breadth of support is given to achieve this goal. PDMs will also implement a “fair share learner experience. formula” ensuring equity across all areas. Do PDMs provide on-going support to How is this different from the role of learners in practice environments? Are the PDMs responsible for managing the Practice Education Facilitator? disciplinary issues of learners? Placements generally will receive on-going The PEF is based in a local Trust or PCT, support from the PEFs and the placement No. The clinical area and the HEI manage working in partnership with the Higher manager. However staff will be encouraged to student disciplinary issues jointly. However, Education Institutions (HEIs), and is utilise the existing mentorship systems set up the PDMs may be informed if capacity is responsible for the quality of the learning in their own area to provide basic support. implicated or compromised. environment, the maintenance and increase of Both NHS and non-NHS areas will be mentor numbers. Their remit is also to supported by a named PEF. How will the Placement Development develop inter-professional learning across Network communicate with the vast professions and to support practice areas, Do PDMs work across the entire North range of new and existing partners? both NHS and non-NHS. West area? Information will be available on the new Do PDMs or PEFs allocate Learners to PDMs are based in one of three geographical website which will develop over time. A new placements? areas and each team holds responsibility for communication strategy will evolve with a specific healthcare professions along with a calculated system of reports being No. The allocation of learners is an HEI portfolio of nursing and midwifery, working disseminated. New partnerships with responsibility at the University. The PDMs with them to maintain and develop capacity. appropriate forums will be developed. The develop new placement areas to expand the However all teams will maintain close links Placement Leads and Communication Lead will existing placement circuit. with each other. remain key to Network success.
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