Newly-qualified nurses at Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation are being put through their paces in what it says is a unique initiative called Care Camp.
Senior nurses devised the hands-on clinical education programme to ensure staff were all doing things “the trust’s way”.
Nurses from overseas are also undergoing the training as an introduction to the way things are done in the UK. So far around 90 members of staff have completed the course.
The two-week intensive course aims to drive up standards at the trust ensuring the care provided to patients is consistent in quality.
Viv Duncanson, senior infection prevention control nurse at the trust, was one of the staff members who came up with the idea.
She said: “Nurses come to us from all different backgrounds and training and we wanted to find a way to ensure the essential elements of nursing care were consistent regardless of which ward you are on or where the nurse caring for you was trained.”
Topics covered on the course include patient centred care, ward rounds, providing personal care, recognising deteriorating patients and care associated with death and dying.
Feedback from the course attendees has been very positive so far, especially from nurses recruited from Spain and Romania, the trust claimed.
Paul Kirton-Watson, associate chief nurse for medicine, said the course was particularly beneficial for overseas nurses.
He said: “Care Camp is an intensive, practical course which gives staff a good grounding in the way we expect things to be done at our trust. It also highlights any differences in practices between other countries and the UK.”