Expanding skills and experience

A careers clinic aimed at improving staff retention has made it easier for nurses to transfer at their trust

A careers clinic aimed at improving staff retention has made it easier for nurses to transfer at their trust.

Abstract

When University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (UCLH) interviewed band 5 and 6 nurses to find out why so many of them were leaving, and what it could do to keep them, their answers led to a new careers clinic that is making a real difference.

‘Staff nurses need a range of experience to become rounded professionals,’ says deputy chief nurse Lorraine Szeremeta. ‘They told

For a start, staff nurses were unaware of job opportunities in different wards. Even if they were able to apply for a transfer, they had to re-do assessments and criminal records checks.

‘So we decided to make it easier for them,’ says Ms Szeremeta. ‘If you are a band 5 nurse and you are good enough to be able to work in a surgical ward at UCLH then you should be good enough to work in a medical ward or a haematology ward at the same level.’

Read the article

This article was first published in print in Nursing Standard: volume 30, issue 31

This article is for subscribers only