A trust in East Anglia is set to launch a “nursing academy” for newly-qualified nurses, in a bid to retain and recruit staff.
The new initiative aims to both attract recruits from outside of the region and help and support newly-qualified staff to become clinical leaders of the future, according to Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, which provides services across mental health and learning disabilities.
“We hope the nursing academy will enable all newly-qualified staff to become effective change agents within the NHS”
The 12-month pilot project will offer nurses who have recently joined the trust, peer group classes for completion of all statutory and mandatory training, networking opportunities, e-learning and leadership masterclasses.
Creation of the nursing academy, which will be launched on 17 November, has been led by the trust’s deputy director of nursing Michele Allot.
Ms Allot said: “The NHS continues to face on-going challenges in recruiting and retaining staff, to attract and retain high quality staff we need to be creative and have something extra to offer.
“The academy will support newly qualified nurses during their transition from student nurse to qualified nurse and demonstrates the trust’s commitment to supporting and developing staff, and provides the opportunity to develop personally and professionally,” she said.
Trust training manager Trudii Isherwood added: “The aim of the academy is to ensure that all newly-qualified nurses will have a professional… trust identify, feel valued and opportunities for targeted development.
“It is a very exciting initiative and will run under a strict evaluation programme during the pilot period to assess performance and outcomes,” she said.
“We hope the nursing academy will enable all newly-qualified staff to become effective change agents within the NHS, as well as effective and confident leaders in the future, providing an enhanced patient care and experience,” said Ms Isherwood.