There is always an exception that proves the rule. When sleeping, the human body naturally uses about 90 minute sleep cycles. For me I usually have 4 or 5 sleep cycles depending on what time I go to bed – I wake up at 05.00 every day. If you happen to wake up for any reason during one of these cycles you are going to feel extremely tired. Strangely although I break all the 'sensible rules' about getting a good night’s sleep, (don't drink caffeine 6 hours before going to bed; don't watch TV or use your phone or computer as the white light throws off your circadian rhythm sleeping; and no more than 1 or 2 drinks of alcohol) usually I have no problem going off to sleep and waking up refreshed in the morning.
Possible futures again featured in my thinking last week. Personal futures for sure, but more often it was the futures of others that captured my imagination. Tomorrow, over 1000 new students will join the School, ready to start their journey towards a higher education qualification. Their futures will be shaped by their own efforts and the changing world they find themselves in. It’s an exciting time for all involved in each of these personal journeys of hope and fulfilment.
As a School we have been very successful in a number of areas. Our Counselling and Psychotherapy team recognised the changing nature of their world 4 years ago and developed and produced a startling different programme that prepares students to start practice as a qualified professional from the day they finish the course rather than having to gain additional hours of supervised practice first. Over the last 3 years the programme has grown its numbers from 50 students to over a 100 a year.
You can catch up on the debate here. What is clear in the North West of the UK is that there is a great desire to bring many of these ideas forward as soon as possible. The various regional representations of the Department of Health in all its elements have long looked to the North for innovation and best practice.
In the School I think that equally there is the desire to develop more flexible approaches for nursing programmes and we have a golden opportunity to do so with the support of colleagues in practice, the NMC and our commissioners. I am hoping that in 5 or even 10 years’ time someone, perhaps someone who can’t sleep, will watch a programme of how nurse education has evolved and developed and recognise the exponential change brought about here in Greater Manchester, which provided the vanguard for others to follow.