As one of only thirty selected participants in the country, Fiona’s fellowship will focus on ‘quality improvement’, furthering the innovation and development of care championed by Sunrise Senior Living UK.
The national programme, which is run by academics and clinical experts in older people’s health, will provide the latest clinical knowledge and research translation skills to help deliver age-attuned services and quality care. It will be taught at the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery, which is the top faculty for nursing in the UK.
Fiona will be required to develop a quality improvement project which addresses a key local priority in older people’s care. The quality improvement projects will then be disseminated in 2018 in an annual conference at King’s College London, as well as through national and international conferences. Previous projects have had a positive and significant impact on older people and their families.
Now in its third year, the OPF is a national programme which is sponsored by Health Education England. It recruits high calibre, experienced nurses and allied health professionals (AHPs) who are passionate about service transformation in older people’s care.
Fiona White, General Manager at Sunrise of Eastbourne, said:
“I am delighted to have been selected to undertake this fellowship, and I am extremely proud to be representing Sunrise Senior Living UK and my community in Eastbourne. Central to our mission at Sunrise of Eastbourne is to provide leading, personalised and high quality care to our residents. I hope to be able to put into practice the skills I learn as part of this fellowship, to further maintain the high standard of care which is delivered within the community.”
Dr Corina Naughton, the Fellowship’s academic lead at the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery, said:
“The Older Person’s Fellowship recognises the enormous potential and capability of nurses and AHPs to deliver contemporary models of care for older people. The Fellowship gives frontline practitioners the confidence and skills to lead change, better support older people and their families, and to influence wider strategic planning for older adult services in their organisations.”