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Rheumatology (United Kingdom) ; 61(SUPPL 1):i63, 2022.
Article in English | EMBASE | ID: covidwho-1868392


Background/Aims We evaluated the RCN Competency Framework for Rheumatology Nurses published in March 2020. The competency aims to support personal development plans, continuing professional development (CPD) and career progression for rheumatology nurses to advanced practice acting as a benchmarking tool, providing a framework to support succession planning and service development, forming the base for a nationwide standard curriculum for training. This evaluation explores rheumatology nurses' views of the competency, and identify benefits, limitations, and recommendations. Methods We used a sequential research design utilising a questionnaire circulated from 13 March to 25 April 2021 followed by semi-structured interviews between May 2021 and August 2021. Results 106 people responded to the survey, 99 (93%) working as adult rheumatology nurses. There were 55 (52%) band 7 nurses and a wide range of job titles. Most nurses, 93 (87%) had academic qualification at degree or Master's level. Most respondents 77 (73%) were from England. 74 (70%) found out about the competency via the RCN Rheumatology Nursing Forum Facebook page, or via the BSR website (35%). Most (71%) respondents had their present role for five years or more and 103 (50%) nurses had been in their role for more than 10 years. When asked whether they had used the competency in their practice, 57 (54%) said they had. Reasons for using it were;to provide a framework for learning, to use as a benchmarking tool, for CPD, for teaching, to demonstrate skills and knowledge, when managing others, to show managers how their role can develop. Redeployment due to COVID-19 and workforce issues were the main reason why the competency was not implemented fully. However, using it with new staff was cited as beneficial. Free text comments described very good detail and identification of learning needs, giving good understanding of the underpinning knowledge. 15 nurses responded for interviews and 14 were conducted. The average was 12 minutes totalling 171 minutes. We asked why they used the competency, for any potential strengths or limitations, how much time it took to complete, would they use it again, improvement suggestions, if they would recommend it to others, and whether it was easy to locate. People said a paediatric rheumatology module and an accessible course focussed on leadership is needed. When asked to summarise the competency in five words, one said it was 'a reliable tool to improve quality care and set standards for education of nurses'. Conclusion The competency was well received as a strengthening resource for UK rheumatology nurses. We recommended that these competencies are universally adopted. Further dissemination is required and education needs must be addressed. A development framework is planned. Further analysis will be published in 2022. A review of the competency is due in 2023.