On the 2nd March, Ffion Poole and Amy Jones—supported by Christy Taylor—attended the University of South Wales to talk to the student nurses about what it’s like living with a learning disability and how difficult it can be.
As part of the training, everyone watched a video about how nurses should interact with people with learning disabilities. We then went into groups with the students and discussed our lives and what things are difficult for us. The students will use this information to design a poster which will be marked by us at the end of May.
On Thursday 27th January 2020, Ffion and Hannah – supported by Christy – attended the first TRAC (Teaching Research Advisory Committee) meeting of 2020 at the University of South Wales. TRAC members have decided that the group needs to have a presence on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and at the next meeting we will split into groups and start working on our social media pages. The group have also decided to produce a TRAC logo and a leaflet explaining the work the group does. It was also decided that TRAC would create an email address which all People First groups involved with TRAC will have the login details for, in order to access information and paperwork. The next meeting will be held on Thursday 26th March 2020.
Caerphilly People First has been very closely involved with TRAC (Teaching and Research Advisory Committee), which is based at the University of South Wales. At the end of October the members attended a TRAC meeting at the University where members of TRAC delivered a presentation on communication. After the presentation we spent an hour chatting in groups with the student nurses about our lives and personal experiences. Each student will now design a poster based on the comments of individuals from the People First groups, which people will read and rate for accuracy.
There was a further meeting in November where TRAC members talked about delivering training in 2020/2021, and discussed the new curriculum. The group also talked about the modules for year 3 students. TRAC has yet to have any involvement with year 3 students and look forward to helping them with their ‘Communication and Complex Needs’ module.
Also in November, Ffion and Kath were at the simulation ward in the University of South Wales, helping to train year 2 students. Kath played the part of a patient with asthma who needed to learn how to use the asthma pump. Also on the ward were people playing other roles, including someone having a panic attack and someone suffering from dementia.
It was lovely to catch up with members of other People First groups at the first TRAC meeting of the term at the University of South Wales, at the end of September.
The team is excited about delivering training to student nurses and although it’s going to be very busy we are very much looking forward to the coming weeks.