Imagination and Innovation


When did you first introduce the innovation?

Between 12 and 24 months ago

Please describe the innovation you have developed

The BSc Pre-registration Nursing team developed a final year level 6 module (called Imagination and Innovation) for all four nursing fields. In this module students identify a an aspect of practice from their own practice experience that they feel could be enhanced. They carry out an investigation of the issue, pull together the evidence and present an argument for enhancing or changing practice. A Dragon’s Den approach gives the students a chance to present their idea to peers for critique before writing up the final proposal and plan for change.

What prompted you to develop this innovation?

The need to prepare students for practice by teaching them how innovations in care come through imaginative thought and careful preparation for change.

The desire to imbue students with a sense of possibility so that when they arrive in practice they are fully prepared to seek opportunities for enhancing care.

In your view, what is it about this innovation that makes it different/important?

It helps students to see that small changes can make a difference and gives them the tools to maintain or raise standards of care when they are qualified. Its strong practice and evidence based focus makes for an authentic final year project unlike more traditional dissertation pieces.

To what extent does your innovation make use of existing approaches, resources or technologies?

Students can present their work in a variety of media so that they can work in the way that suits them best.

Colleagues in the university’s careers and enterprise unit contribute to delivery so that students learn about the latest entrepreneurial thinking.

Students use peer feedback to develop their work with the support of tutors.

The use of practice focused ideas reduces the risk of plagiarism.

To what degree has this innovation led to changes in education or clinical practice?

Students are encouraged to realise their ideas when they move into their qualified roles. Representatives of the local trusts are invited to the Nursing celebration day where the many of the ideas are presented in talks and by poster display.

What evidence do you have of the impact of the innovation?

Student feedback about the module is positive with students appreciating the opportunity to produce their work in a variety of ways and the chance to think about making change happen. Module feedback also suggested students liked the group work and peer feedback. External examiners and trust representatives have commented positively on the innovative nature of the module.

To what degree has the innovation been disseminated in your organisation or elsewhere?

This work was presented at our School Learning and Teaching conference earlier this year.

Please provide details of any plans you have to disseminate the innovation in the future.

Awaiting an evaluation.