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IV Therapy Passport

Through collaborative work with stakeholders from organisations across London, one common approach to intravenous medication administration training and assessment has been agreed and is being developed – this is the CapitalNurse IV Therapy Passport.

This passport will enable health care professionals to move, with their IV skills, between organisations in London without the need to retrain.

The key objectives of the passport include:

  • Reduction in variation in training and assessment
    • Practitioners are trained and assessed against the same standard in the delivery of IV Therapy
  • Portability – a passport that is accepted as evidence of skills to practice
  • Access for patients to skilled practitioners without delay
  • Reduction of duplication of effort and resource utilisation, increasing positive staff experience

Who is it aimed at?

The pathway has been developed with representatives and subject matter experts from within the NHS, charitable and independent sectors and from Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), from adult and paediatric nursing and midwifery so that it meets the needs of all branches and in all healthcare settings.

The pathway is aimed at health care professionals from adult or paediatric branches of nursing, midwifery, and other allied health professionals, whose role requires the administration of intravenous medication for patients.

Health care professionals may access the pathway and passport from a variety of routes; after registration, as an international recruit and as a pre-registration Future Nurse.

The IV Therapy Passport pathway

The pathway is comprised of three steps, download the pathway.

The passport will be portable and enable registered professionals to move with their skills and will enable practitioners to develop their skills as their role develops.

Step 1 Knowledge Education

NHS organisations, charities, social care and HEIs will be able to access knowledge education via e-learning for Health (e-LfH) free of charge. This provides the full curriculum and will be the preferred route to access this.

Where organisations would prefer to maintain their current method of delivering IV theory education (step 1), for example organisational e-learning, face to face training or simulation, there will be a process by which the IV Therapy Passport’s learning outcomes can be mapped to organisational content – this will be a validation process. Should the learning outcomes be met, the content can be validated as equivalent and learners will be able to join the pathway at step 2.

Step 2 Knowledge Assessment

Assessment of knowledge will be on the e-LfH hub - providing a standard gateway to practice learning and assessment. This includes a drug calculations assessment.

Step 3 IV Practice Learning and Assessment Document (IV PLAD)

The practice learning and assessment tool is comprised of a set of core competencies and a selection of optional competencies for example, specific vascular access device competencies, accessed where relevant to a HCP’s current role. It is this element of the passport which can develop with practitioners as their role changes.

Please note, currently step 3 of the pathway is only accessible within London.

Next Steps

The IV Therapy Passport is currently being tested across London so is not available to general use just yet, but it won’t be long.

We will keep this page updated as we progress. We anticipate the IV Therapy Passport will be live in the early part of 2020.

If you have any questions please email capitalnurse@hee.nhs.uk

Development of the IV Therapy Passport

CapitalNurse’s shared vision to ‘get nursing right for London; ensuring that London has the right number of nurses, with the right skills in the right place, working to deliver excellent nursing wherever it is needed by the people of London’ was the catalyst for the work alongside stakeholder feedback on the challenges around staff transferring with IV skills and the frequent requirement for retraining.

The project was ambitious in engaging widely with London’s healthcare providers (the NHS, Charitable and independent sector) and higher education institutes (HEI’s) to ensure broad stakeholder representation and to engage experts in the field. With such broad engagement, the project has been able to consider and meet the needs of all adult and paediatric nurses and midwives in all healthcare settings.

From this engagement, an IV Therapy pathway was shaped from the evaluation of stakeholders’ requirements and recommendations. Four workstreams were established, enabling stakeholders, all of whom were involved in IV Therapy training and education in their organisation, to contribute to components of the pathway where they had expertise.

From these workstreams, authors, editors and reviewers were identified. These subject matter experts have shaped and created the programme of e-Learning, the practice learning and assessment document and the entire pathway so that it meets London’s nursing needs.

Simultaneously, a steering group and senior leadership sponsors for the project were identified to promote and to provide governance for the work.