• Enhancing the health professional's role in requesting transplant organs

      Randhawa, Gurch; University of Bedfordshire (Mark Allen Healthcare, 1997-04-01)
      The shortfall in organs for transplant continues in the UK. To address this problem, methods of organ procurement are continuously widening with the recent development of protocols in elective ventilation and non-heart beating donors. Until recently, the nurse's role in the success of organ procurement was largely limited to those working in intensive care units involved in cadaveric transplant and community-based nurses working with patients on kidney dialysis who may become involved with live related transplant. Involvement in organ procurement has now extended to nurses working in general wards and accident and emergency centres. It is imperative that health professionals are aware of the large numbers of patients for whom donors have not been found. They need to be aware of the possible reasons which deter relatives from giving consent for potential donors and prevent relatives themselves from becoming potential live donors. Those who are involved in the organ request process need to be alerted to the factors that affect the decision to give consent. It is hoped that these efforts will help to reduce the drastic shortage of available organs for transplant in the UK.
    • Exploring end-of-life care for South Asian kidney patients: interviewer reflections

      Wilkinson, Emma; Waqar, Muhammad; Gill, Balbir; Hoque, Pina; Jetha, Champa; Bola, Kulwinder Kaur; Mahmood, Riffat; Mahmood, Sultan; Saujani, Rita; Randhawa, Gurch; et al. (Mark Allen Healthcare, 2017-03-25)
      The reduction of inequalities in access to quality care has been a central tenet of UK health policy. Ethnic minorities may experience additional inequalities because of language and other cultural barriers. This article reports interviewer reflections of conducting interviews with South Asian kidney patients about their experiences of end-of-life care. It explores themes which emerged from the analysis of a focus group held with eight bilingual research interviewers. The relevance of these themes to understanding inequalities and access to end-of-life care is discussed; together with the potential for the research process to contribute to service improvement.
    • HCAs acquire work experience in a simulated hospital with manikins at the University of Bedfordshire

      Kpodo, Charles; Kemp, Anthony; Adams, Louise; Burden, Barbara (Mark Allen Healthcare, 2015-07-07)
      Healthcare Assistants (HCAs) are important members of the care team. This article looks at how experience in a simulated hospital can enhance their skills. This is achieved in a safe environment where the only consequence of a mistake is learning. The simulated hospital at the University of Bedfordshire is an immersive and fully authentic learning experience. It encapsulates a range of clinical areas that allows HCAs and others to work shifts caring for a range of interactive patients. Through focusing on the First Step Competence Checklist developed by the RCN, the simulated hospital allows HCAs to develop their confidence and competence in their caring skills, while also becoming familiar with the totality of the healthcare environment.