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Fast-track elderly training scheme aimed at new Manchester recruits


A Manchester trust has launched an initiative that fast-tracks new recruits into band 6 jobs in a bid to attract more nurses into specialist roles working with elderly people.

University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust said it will guarantee that entry-level band 5 nurses, who want to work with elderly people with complex needs, can move up to the higher pay grade within 18 months of joining.

“Dementia is the primary healthcare challenge of our time”

Mandy Bailey

The organisation said it will offer specialist dementia care training that will equip nurses to progress and hopes to attract up to 30 registrants within a year.

The trust’s chief nurse Mandy Bailey noted that it could sometimes take years for entry-level nurses to reach band 6, due to either lack of opportunities, high levels of competition and also requirements for specialist skills or managerial experience.

She said the trust had introduced the initiative because it recognised the challenge of providing specialist dementia care and wanted to “future-proof” its workforce.

“Dementia is the primary healthcare challenge of our time,” she said. “We recognise this challenge which is why we want to develop our workforce, investing in and supporting our nurses to provide that level of care for our patients.”

“We are committed to ensuring we provide an excellent standard of nursing, so naturally we want to recruit nurses who are passionate about providing first class treatment and care for our patients,” said Ms Bailey.

“In turn, we will invest in their development and give our nurses the real opportunity to develop their skills and progress,” she added.



Readers' comments (9)

  • Fantastic! At last real vision & structured career development truly with patients at the centre. Well done Mandy & team.

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  • Hopefully it works in their favour and they don't just recruit people looking for a band 6 with no interest in the field it lies in

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  • Back to the future. Does anyone else remember the geriatric lead?

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  • Yes Mary, you took the words out of my mouth!

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  • Great idea provided they are going to get the right training and support - and what will be the career progression beyond that?

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  • Brilliant idea. Hope other trusts follow suit.

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  • Ironic really when my Health Board pushed out several band 6 experienced Nurses in elderly care as being superfluous to needs. I think the truth is we were too expensive to keep. But a wealth of experience has been lost from one small but busy Community Hospital.

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  • There will be a lot of desperate measures taking place around Britian because of a lack of intelligent planning. I do not feel getting a nurse to move up the ladder faster to attract nurses into this very difficult feild is sensible.
    I feel strongly for the right ratio of nurses to patients according to needs and a good skill mix will solve the problem. I have been preaching about having an intelligent system for having the right amout of staff.
    I have worked on elderly care wards they literally are back breaking work, and to top it off patients being confused can really put a strain on the nurses' mentality.
    I now work on another ward, but it is still difficult in other ways. I leave work late on every shift but no one cares they really do expect you to give and just keep on giving.

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  • Re the last comment - I dont think that is what the article is saying or what this Trust are trying to do. In order to provide exactly the right skill mix for caring effectively for this complex group of patients, educating other staff from specialist knowledge, developing staff to more specialist roles can only benefit patients. This is an area of nursing that requires specific knowledge and skill to be able to provide the right care - beyond the actual medical reason for admission.

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