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Great opportunities to extend clinical skills across acute and community settings

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Carolyn Morrice, new chief nurse, says nursing is at the heart of Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust’s vision

If you want career development, opportunities to extend your clinical skillsband earning a greater understanding of and ability to manage patient pathways,ba career at Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust could tick all your boxes.bCarolyn Morrice, the newly joinednchief nurse, says the Trust vision and nursing’s place within that is whatnmakes it one of the best places to work.

“We have a clear mission to providen safe and compassionate care, every time, and I am looking for committed staff who will share our vision and values to join us. I’m making sure our nurses have a voice, and that senior nurses are visible, and support and develop them.

“I want all our nurses to feel engaged with our quality improvement programme, to champion change that will improve patient experience and empower all nurses to feel able to challenge.”

Carolyn Morrice

Ms Morrice insists as one of the first trusts to integrate both acute and community services, Buckinghamshire offers unique opportunities for those forging a nursing career there. With two trust hospitals, five community hospitals, a hospice and care provided throughout the community including people’s own homes, the Trust offers a range of experiences it says you just wouldn’t be able to get elsewhere.

“This is great for both newly qualified and more experienced band 5s,” says Ms Morrice, who says the Trust is also creating rotational posts in relation to patient pathways.

“With a national focus on more care being provided to patients in the community, we at Buckinghamshire are leading the way and have been able to develop closer working between acute and community services. Our nurses have the unique opportunity to be at the forefront of these developments and gain experience across our services.”

Education and development is important. The Trust is mapping clinical and academic careers for nurses, such as looking at the pathway of the career of a band 5 or 6 who wants to become a lead nurse. Those in preceptorship are all given a named mentor or supervisor and all newly qualified nurses are given the skills and competencies to move from a band 5 to a band 6 practitioner.

All staff nurses are given visible and transparent career pathways and a role that will lead to development.

“We also want to see staff nurses have  the opportunity to extend their skills,” says Ms Morrice. “So, for example, an A&E nurse may well get involved in the pathway for admission avoidance.”

All nurses can apply for funding for external study or qualifications, whileb more experienced nurses have access to management and leadership training.

“We want to recruit band 5 and 6 nurses with the right ambition and skills,” says Ms Morrice. “But we also want to retain those nurses, so making sure they feel valued is important.”

As such the chief executive gives a “Going the extra mile award” to a member of staff who has been nominated

by colleagues or the public every month. There are also annual staff award  ceremonies and long service awards.

As well as providing a professional and exciting working environment, the Trust offers subsidised accommodation,

subsidised rates at its on-site nurseries and national and local discounts.

“That’s what it is all about,” says Ms Morrice. “Finding out what they need from us to do a good job.”

Having moved to Buckinghamshire from central London, she says that the lifestyle is excellent in the county. “It’s only 40 minutes by train to central London, a 30-minute drive to Oxford, you’re surrounded by fantastic countryside and a great social network in Bucks.”

But what she says is most important is the fact that the Trust can help nurses feel valued, respected and  have a voice.

The benefits of working at Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

● Gaining experience across acute andbcommunity services

● Ongoing training and development,b including personalised development plans

● Beautiful countryside surroundings, with close links to the city

● Subsidised accommodation

● On-site subsidised nursery provision

● Childcare vouchers

● Cycle to work scheme

● Fast track physiotherapy and counselling services

● Help with improving your own health and wellbeing

● Many other money-saving discounts at a variety of shops, restaurants and local leisure attractions

For more information on the Trust and nursing with them visit


Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust


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