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Trust hopes chance of overseas work experience will encourage nurses to stay

London’s Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust is in talks with similar hospitals in Australia to set up an exchange programme for nursing staff. Lynne Pearce spoke to trust chief nurse Eamonn Sullivan

London’s Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust is in talks with similar hospitals in Australia to set up an exchange programme for nursing staff. Lynne Pearce spoke to trust chief nurse Eamonn Sullivan

A new exchange programme that will enable younger nurses to gain overseas experience could also improve staff retention in the longer term, says the chief nurse at an internationally renowned London trust.

‘It’s not a magic bullet, but it’s a different kind of offer,’ says Eamonn Sullivan, chief nurse at the Royal Marsden. ‘We need to think of innovative ways to support and keep our nurses. If they are going to travel, can we help with some structured clinical placements that will enhance their career and experience but keep them connected to us?’

Still in its planning stages, the scheme follows research by the trust looking at nurses’ experiences

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