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”
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.