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Former staff club becomes trust's new nurse training centre

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University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust has opened its first ever nurse education and training centre.

A former staff social club in the grounds of the Royal Lancaster Infirmary has been turned into the new education and training facility for nurses, midwives, allied health professionals and students.

“It’s amazing to see how the old social club has now been given a new lease of life”

Joann Morse

Among other things, the trust said the centre would be used to help prepare overseas recruits for the objective structured clinical examination and other tests needed to register as a nurse in the UK.

The club, which was previously owned and run by staff, closed in 2015 and has since been used as a storage facility.

The club’s trustees and staff have now gifted the deeds and ownership of the building back to the trust, on condition that it is used as a facility to help train nurses and, ultimately, improve care.

In addition, the trustees and staff members also made a donation to Bay Hospitals Charity, the official charity of the trust, to allow the charity to purchase new computers for the centre.

The education and training centre has been fully renovated and refurbished and is a first for the trust. It includes a large open-plan practical teaching room with resources for training nurses, midwives, allied health professionals and nursing students.

University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust

Trust turns former staff social club into new nurse training centre

The interior fo the former staff social club

Joann Morse, director of nursing at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay, said: “The last 12 months has seen many changes to the way nurses can come to the UK to practice and obtain their Nursing and Midwifery Council registration.

“Once a nurse from overseas joins our trust, they are required to undergo a set of extensive tests and training which takes around four months before they are ‘ward ready’, she noted.

“The first part of the test is a computer-based test,” she said. “If successful, the applicant then takes a structured clinical examination – known as an OSCE exam – that involves taking and successfully completing a set of competences, which tests applicants’ skills, knowledge and behaviours in a simulated practice environment.

“The new centre will allow us to bring our much-needed home-grown nurses and nurses we recruit from overseas through the centre and ensure that they are ready to be allocated to caring for patients on our wards as quickly as possible,” she said.

University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust

Trust turns former staff social club into new nurse training centre

The former social club sign

She added: “It’s amazing to see how the old social club has now been given a new lease of life which will support nurse education and training and, ultimately benefit patient care for years to come.

“It’s a meaningful legacy that has been left by the social club committee and staff members, and on behalf of everyone at the trust, I’d like to thank them for their extremely generous gift,” said Ms Morse.

Lisa Downham, a nurse in the cardiac care unit who was heavily involved in running the social club, said: “Sadly the committee took the difficult decision to close the club in 2015.

“I was sad to see it close but I, and I’m sure many other staff members who used the club, have nothing but happy memories of our time in the club,” she said.

“I’m just really pleased that the building has now been given a new lease of life and that the new education and training centre will benefit nurses and patients for generations to come,” she added.

Andy Waddington, the trust’s capital services manager, also highlighted that they were able to use space outside the building to create 45 “much needed additional car parking spaces” for staff.

University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust

Trust turns former staff social club into new nurse training centre

The new nurse training facility

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