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Hospital trust hopes new ‘teaching’ status will boost nurse staffing levels

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Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust will officially become a “teaching hospital’ as of this week, a move expected to boost the recruitment and retention of staff.

The trust has achieved teaching hospital status in partnership with Sheffield Hallam University and the University of Sheffield.

“This will be a huge benefit, both in our local communities and regionally”

Mike Pinkerton

From today, it will be known as Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

The trust said the change would help enhance education and training capacity, grow research capability and improve the recruitment and retention of “high quality staff” across all professions.

The trust, which covers South Yorkshire and North Nottinghamshire, already trains 30% of all non-medical students in the region and by 2018 expects to be training a quarter of medical students.

Its chief executive Mike Pinkerton said the move was a “fantastic achievement”.

“Achieving this status will not only allow us to enhance our services, but is also a recognition of our achievements in providing high quality education and research and will be a huge benefit, both in our local communities and regionally,” he said.

Mike Pinkerton

Mike Pinkerton

Mike Pinkerton

Throughout the past decade, the trust has aided both Sheffield universities in the training students, including student nurses, offering placements at its Doncaster, Bassetlaw and Montagu sites.

“We have enjoyed a long-standing relationship with Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals,” said Professor Karen Bryan, pro-vice chancellor for regional engagement and dean of Sheffield Hallam University’s faculty of health and wellbeing.

“This has enabled us to provide our healthcare students with invaluable practical experience to enhance their learning, as well as the opportunity for our academics to conduct vital clinical research to improve outcomes for patients.”

Professor Deborah Murdoch-Eaton, dean of medical education at the University of Sheffield, said students “report positive experiences at Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals” and praised the trust’s “active approach to developing effective recruitment, retention and learning strategies jointly with the university”.

The name change, which has the approval of NHS Improvement, follows a consultation that generated “an overwhelmingly positive response” from partners, local councils, MPs and residents.

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