The Urological Journal
For Urological Professionals
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Despite you reading this at the end of January or early February, as a Scot I have no compunction about wishing you all a very Happy & Healthy New Year! New Year wishes are offered to everyone we meet between 00:00 on the 1st of January until at least mid March!
However Spring is my favourite time of year, a time of new beginnings so full of hope and promise. And as the new President of BAUN, I am delighted to be able to nurture the seeds sewn by my predecessors on previous councils and am also full of optimism regarding our new plans and projects and what we can achieve over the next two years and beyond.
I won’t bore you with my background biography (it is available here alongside those on the rest of council), but by way of introducing myself I thought I would share some insight I received from a recent team-building exercise that the council undertook with Insights® training. The purpose of the exercise was to create personality profiles for each participant, based on Carl Jung’s (1921) typology, and then proceed to define each participant’s personality type as a colour. The purpose of this colour definition is to help to offer insight and guidance regarding how and why people with different personality types interact as they do. One of the great benefits of this type of exercise is the opportunity it gives to the individual to stand back and observe the world in a different way that provides a greater understanding and appreciation of each other’s perspective. Through team building activities the participants often learn more about themselves especially in terms of their strengths and weaknesses, as well as helping them see how to work together effectively within a group. Generally team building activities help improve team productivity and promote effective collaboration within a team. I feel sure that most healthcare teams would benefit from this insight, as we can all occasionally get bogged down with our own perspective on things, and would urge you to access this or similar training for your own teams, via the many industry sponsored or educational bursaries offered by charities which support this.
During the exercise it was revealed to me that my dominant colour energy is earth green, and that the motto which best accompanies it is “show me you care/let’s talk”. It was uncanny how accurate the personality profile was (in my case anyway!) BAUN Council is fortunate enough to have a fantastic mix of all four of the personality types identified by the exercise, which in turn promotes an environment where healthy debate and productivity flourish.
There are many different leadership styles and following our Insights® training I was delighted to find out that I share some personality traits with Nelson Mandela who was also a ‘green’ personality type and an introvert! We may be quiet, but “still waters run deep”! In no way do I compare myself to him, but I am greatly inspired by his eight lessons for leadership and, as he was much more eloquent than I, I would like to share them with you:
1) courage is not the absence of fear but inspiring others to move beyond it (be calm)
2) lead from the front without leaving your base behind
(don’t forget how you got where you are)
3) lead from the back and let others think they are in front (allow yourself to be led too)
4) know your enemy and learn his favourite sport (embrace difference, try to understand & engage with people who disagree with you)
5) keep your friends close and your enemies even closer
(cherish loyalty, but don’t be obsessed by it)
6) appearances matter and remember to smile (dress the part)
7) nothing is black or white (live in the grey area & be prepared to compromise)
8) quitting is leadership too (chose not only what to do, but what not to do, know when to let go)
Time Magazine 2008.
Priorities for 2015/16
We have many ongoing projects and partnerships within BAUN (which Philippa summarised in her last President’s Report), and these will be ongoing, alongside some new initiatives. Our main priorities over the next two years will be:
1) business planning to ensure the financial sustainability of BAUN, so we can continue to grow the organisation in terms of both membership and profile whilst maintaining our core function
2) providing high level education through provision of conference, study days, guidelines and certified workshops to ensure the promotion and maintenance of the highest standards in the practice and development of urological nursing and urological patient care
3) to increase our profile and become more politically active with a view to influencing health policy and lobbying on issues which affect Urology Health Care professionals and our patient groups.
4) promoting a minimum standard of education for Urology Nurse Specialists (& developing a means of delivering this nationally).
20th Anniversary of BAUN
2015 is the 20th anniversary of BAUN. Over the years, thanks to the enthusiasm of its members and the hard work of those who have served on the council, BAUN has developed and grown into the vibrant organisation it is today. We plan to celebrate our past and look to the future positively in this special year.
Look out for more on the 20th anniversary celebrations on the website, social media and the next newsletter.
Get involved (“show me you care!”)
One of last year’s major achievements was the rewriting of our Memorandum and Articles (M&A’s), which was approved at the AGM. One of the many things the changes facilitate is our belief that BAUN is not just for Clinical Nurse Specialists. All NMC registered nurses with an interest in urology are welcome to become full members. We in BAUN believe that the more inclusive M&A’s reflect modern living and working practices, and will serve the organisation for many years to come. We would like for you, our membership, to be empowered to have a greater personal involvement in the work of BAUN, so if you have a special interest or feel that you would like to contribute to one of the many projects we are asked to support, please let us know. Contact us on email@example.com
Updates (“talk to me!”)
As my President’s Report is written fairly far in advance of the newsletter being published, I will not routinely be including clinical updates in my report. For up-to-date information on issues affecting Urology and Nursing (for example the ongoing issues with shortage of Intravesical BCG for non-muscle invasive bladder cancer) please see the ‘clinical news’ section of our website http://www.baun.co.uk/news . We also aim to keep you up to date via social media, so please follow our Twitter account @BAUNnurses and Facebook page BAUN.
With the above in mind and with the help of our Social Media guru (and new BAUN Honorary Secretary) Jane Brocksom, I plan to start a blog which you will be able to access on the BAUN website. We will let you know as soon as this is up and running.
Before I finish, I would also like to formally introduce our new Honorary Treasurer Louisa Fleure and new Honorary Secretary Jane Brocksom who I am very much looking forward to working with, along with all of council and you, the members.
Finally, I would like to take the opportunity to thank the outgoing BAUN President Philippa Aslet for all her hard work on BAUN Council over the last eight years and in particular the last two years as President (although she will remain on Council in an advisory capacity in our newly created ‘Past President’ role).
BAUN has had a challenging couple of years, and it is testament to Philippa that we have emerged stronger for it. We have a full and engaged council, thanks in no small part to Philippa’s team building efforts. Our profile has increased enormously and resulted in increased activity and productivity from BAUN. Philippa has left us with solid foundations from which the new Officers and Council can take things forward.
Please feel free to e-mail me with comments, suggestions, feedback etc. on BAUNpresident@fitwise.co.uk
Here’s to new beginnings and to 2015!
Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Adult Integrated Continence Service Team Leader (Nurse or Physiotherapist)
Part time hours considered for this post
NHS Jobs Ref 293-11582
Are you an experienced nurse or physiotherapist with proven clinical skills in the management and treatment of continence, coupled with a clear vision and leadership aptitude?
This is an opportunity to consolidate the integration of the continence service for residents of the City of London and the London Borough of Hackney working as part of an integrated acute and community Trust. The team comprises 3 nurses, 2 physiotherapists and an assistant dealing with continence and pelvic floor dysfunction. The team will work to deliver and promote the borough-wide continence pathway recently agreed by the clinical stakeholders. Future developments may include the new ano-rectal physiology clinics and the management of the Women’s and Men’s Health Physiotherapy Team.
The post holder will shape the way in which the services are delivered, working with key stakeholders from the CCG, community services and specialist services in the acute trust. There will be strong links with the well-established gynaecology, obstetric, colorectal and urology services operating at Homerton Hospital, district nurses, health visitors, and long term care facilities within the community.
Closing date 29.03.15
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