We work in a number of ways to support the professional development of our staff, including working with partners.
Within the Learning and Organisational Development Department we have a small Practice Learning Team dedicated to supporting the nursing and AHP student journey.
We do this through liaison with all local higher education institutions (HEIs), by supporting students and mentors across the whole organisation and by delivering effective systems of induction, governance, safeguarding and education with the ultimate aim of employing students within the Trust. The team also leads on the recruitment of nursing associates and provides ongoing support throughout their development programme.
We also maintain strong links with the Institute of Mental Health (IMH) and are developing a shared training offer which will be delivered to Trust colleagues by the IMH Education Team.
Preceptorship for nurses and allied health professionals
The Trust is committed to supporting all nurses and allied health professionals who are in a period of preceptorship, ensuring that we give preceptees the highest quality support and guidance during the transition into their new posts. The aim is to ensure they feel professionally supported and enabled to provide excellent standards of care from the very first day of employment.
We have worked together with Nottingham CityCare Partnership to create a programme of preceptorship development days, which are designed to give each preceptee protected time out of clinical practice to explore and discuss issues relating to their practice. They will also have the opportunity to hear from a wide range of experienced healthcare professionals who will be sharing their knowledge and expertise.
Click here to find out more about Preceptorship Development Programme.
Nurses and midwives are required to be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), which ensures that only individuals who meet the standards in the NMC Code are allowed to practice as a registered nurse or midwife in the UK.
The revalidation process allows nurses and midwives to demonstrate their continued ability to practice safely and effectively, and to maintain their registration. This is a continuous process that staff will engage with throughout their career.
We provide face-to-face training covering how to collect and record evidence for revalidation and the process of confirmation, which also provides staff with the opportunity to reflect on the role of the Code in their practice and demonstrate that they are ‘living’ these standards.
As an organisation we do everything we can to grow our own workforce for the future, and mentorship is a key way in which we support student learners to become the very best registered professionals.
Mentors have an essential role in ensuring students receive the best opportunities to develop the knowledge, skills and professional attitude required to become a competent practitioner. They help organise and co-ordinate student learning activities in practice including inter-professional learning experiences, they supervise students in learning situations and they provide constructive feedback.
To become a mentor, staff need to complete an initial mentor preparation course, which usually runs for 10 days. Mentors should not normally support more than three students, from any discipline, at any point in time. Staff who aren’t qualified as mentors can also support students as an associate mentor or co-mentor.
To find out more about mentorship and becoming a mentor, see our Professional Guide to Mentorship for Nurses.