This month we were delighted to catch up with Jude Jones, Project Manager for TALENT Groups at HEE & explore how they will be using Pulse for their community! 

TALENT Groups is a Health Education England (HEE) funded and University of Salford (UoS) hosted project which is collaborating with THET to provide new opportunities for the development of leadership skills in nurses and midwives globally. The project seeks to bring together early career nurses and midwives who have an interest in leadership to develop their skills in small online groups within Pulse of up to 20 nurses & midwives with three senior nurse & midwife coordinators.  

TALENT Groups has evolved from the highly successful HEE & UoS social media-based Community of Practice project ‘Facemums’ and the success of a pilot in 2019 of using the Facemums model to connect early career nurses and midwives in three Countries. 

Launching TALENT Groups on Pulse provides our project with a professional, safe online space specifically created for health workers to connect. Our project team have previously utilised large social media platforms to host our online Communities of Practice projects. However, this presented ethical and online safety challenges for health professionals. Pulse delivers opportunity to engage beyond our self-sustaining TALENT Groups and to connect to other Global health workers, news and information on Global Health. 

What can nurses and midwives gain from building global networks?  

Global networks present nurses and midwives opportunities to share and inspire practice, evidence and innovation. Creating communities to collaborate and connect provide opportunity to improve health systems, benefit public health and meet global health challenges.  

Within TALENT Groups the members will all be practicing in one country, however situated within Pulse presents connection to health workers within in the same fields in different countries. Indeed, TALENT Groups also includes a Coordinator group in which all coordinators across the groups will form a community to share good coordination practice and inspiration from their TALENT Groups. This virtual space will contain leadership guides, evidence and tools, coordinators can then share learning and guidance from other countries to inspire their community.  

What are the key leadership skills members will develop by joining TALENT groups? 

The core concept of the TALENT groups is that each community identifies how they would like to enhance their leadership skills and abilities in a context specific way – for example, a group of nurses working in rural Zambia may have very different learning needs when compared to a group of midwives working in an urban area in the United Kingdom.   

There is a CPD document which draws on published research, it breaks leadership down into a set of skills and it will be used by the groups to guide them to identify their learning. There are three categories - Problem solving skills - for example participants will gain experience of clarifying issues and problems to a wider audience, additionally the groups will provide a safe space where they can experiment and come up with some creative solutions.  Social skills – these include elements of emotional intelligence and skills in gaining an understanding of other people’s opinions. The third section highlights the opportunity for the participants to develop their communication skills – this section includes skills in communicating change, elements of mediating different views and opinions and developing the skills required to share a vision to different audiences.  

Additional to the leadership competencies, there are some wider skills identified which we hope the participants of the project will develop such as improving their understanding of reflective practice - a skill which both supports leadership development and has been shown to improve clinical competence and some global health competencies – a must have for a global project such as this!      

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