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NHS trust's careers clinics are opening doors for its staff nurses

Band 5 and 6 nurses at one of the UK's largest employers are benefiting from a novel approach to career development, which is helping boost retention rates

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.

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

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