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Bath trust starts scheme to encourage nurses back into acute care


Royal United Hospital Bath NHS Trust is introducing a “return to acute care” programme, which will offer nurses with previous experience in the setting the opportunity to get back onto the wards.

The trust’s Return to Acute Care programme will form one part of wider moves to strengthen its nursing establishment.

The Return to Acute Care training programme is described as a “unique and exciting opportunity” for registered nurses working in non-hospital settings to develop their existing skills in order to move back into acute care.

“It’s a very good way of getting skilled nurses back into the heart of the hospital setting”

Sue Leathers

The post is a six month training post, but is offered on an employed basis – so nurses who take up the opportunity will receive training while being paid.

The course will consist of both theory- and practice-based structured learning, supported by experienced mentors.

Matron Sue Leathers, wo has been involved in putting the course together, said: “It’s a very good way of getting skilled nurses back into the heart of the hospital setting.

“Nurses joining the programme will already have all the essential skills, so the training programme is all about getting them up to date with any changes that have happened since they last worked on a hospital ward,” she said.

“The acute setting can be unpredictable and fast paced which brings with it many challenges and rewards and this is an exciting time to be joining our nursing team,” she added.

The trust said the course was open to all registered nurses as well as those who may have changed careers altogether. The first course is due to start on 29 September.


Readers' comments (2)

  • what are the university links just out of interest?

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  • While medication and observations are extremely important, if ALL staff do not have a hands on approach to today's patients who demand EVERYTHING done for them part of the ward staff are exhausted while trained staff and I quote' don't want to be dealing with patients' and that entails the majority's refusal to answer buzzers. A huge concern of mine is that some lazy staff spend too much time networking on phones while others do the work. We have mystery shoppers why not nightshift mystery nurses?

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