Effective communication and quality information inside your organisation or across specific areas of work can help ensure both the services you offer and the processes you rely on keep improving. Whatever their role, anyone working in health and care needs to get clear, consistent and meaningful guidance on what they should be doing and how to adopt good practices. I’ve got a lot of experience helping to create materials that not only support people to do their jobs well but also to develop skills and knowledge to progress in their careers – here are some recent examples (although I cannot provide links to guidance meant for a restricted readership).
Guidelines on dealing with specific conditions and situations
I’ve reviewed and edited comprehensive guidelines The Society and College of Radiographers produces for its members on how to take particular care of people living with dementia or who develop skin conditions as a reaction to radiotherapy.
Sometimes guidance needs to be produced or revised at short notice. For instance, I had to quickly edit a short statement The Society and College of Radiographers put out – in collaboration with other professional bodies – to clarify how ultrasound examinations of pregnant women (both in NHS and private clinics) should be carried out during the Covid-19 pandemic. This sorted out any confusion and helped ultrasound professionals all work in the same way and give consistent advice to patients and their families.
Frameworks for professional development
I’ve edited and proofread Health Education England frameworks setting out the competences and capabilities individual professionals need, and the career pathways they can follow, in different types of role, including mental health nurses, advanced mental health practitioners and mental health ‘peer support workers’.
Practical careers advice
I helped produce a guide by The Society and College of Radiographers for sonographers, especially anyone who qualified outside the UK, covering topics like ultrasound training, employment, registration and professional indemnity insurance.
How to run a service
I worked on a guide The Society and College of Radiographers developed to address a common area of confusion – how long should be allowed for a medical ultrasound and the timing of appointments. This set out factors to consider, both on the sonographer’s part and their employer’s, such as staff workloads, health and safety, and nationally set service specifications.