Nursing Associates Blog - May 2017 - Andy Jolley
In my 14 years working at CWP I have met some inspirational staff and service users who have made me want to deliver the best care possible.
I started the Trainee Nursing Associate programme at the end of January, and it’s already proving to be a fantastic opportunity to enhance and utilise my own skills and knowledge so that I can provide an equally high level of care.
My first placement has been with the Community Learning Disabilities Team at Ashton House in Oxton, Wirral. It’s been a whirlwind of experience and learning and the team have been exceptionally welcoming and have embraced what I can bring to the team.
My placement supervisor, Ellie Smith, has been extremely well organised from day one and set up some fantastic learning opportunities for me. She has shown me excellent support throughout the placement and is a great advocate of the Nursing Associate role.
With regards to the wider team, it’s been fascinating to observe a successful multidisciplinary team working in an effective, person-centred way.
The support given to the people who access our services is nothing short of amazing, with the best interests of each service user at the heart of everything.
Wirral’s Community Learning Disabilities Team have provided the perfect setting for me to commence my Nursing Associate training, which has person-centredness at its core.
The service has helped me to gain ant understanding of people living with a learning disability, their health needs and the challenges that they deal with every day. I had no previous experience of working alongside this client group but through this placement it has become an area that I feel strongly about and I would love to work in this field in the future.
After an initial period of observation I have been given a level of responsibility. As well as supporting service users, I have been arranging staff time tables for client transition support plans, completing team assessments and seeing clients autonomously in their own home.
In just a few months I have grown in confidence, and I have been honoured by the trust that has been placed in me.
The placement comes to an end at the start of June and I shall be really sad to leave as it has been really interesting to learn how a Nursing Associate will be able to contribute to care in the community.
My next placement is with Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, on the Older Persons Assessment Unit at Arrowe Park Hospital. I’ve never worked on a ward before so I’m slightly anxious, but looking forward to the new challenges and opportunities to increase my knowledge and skills even further!
Senior Nursing Team update: Avril Devaney, Director of Nursing, Therapies and Patient Partnership
The enthusiasm and commitment our trainee nursing associates have shown during the first few months in their new roles has been really impressive; so much so that our pilot programme is now receiving national recognition.
Last month CWP and our partners welcomed senior officials from Health Education England to meet our trainee nursing associates, lived experience connectors and senior staff from partner Trusts and the University of Chester.
The welcome day was a huge success, with Health Education England Chairman Sir Keith Pearson saying he was very interested in how the nursing associate pilot was helping to deliver person centred care across our partnership.
Our trainees can be very proud that word of their fantastic work is spreading far and wide. I’d like to wish all of our trainees the best of luck as they move on to their second placements.
Cheshire and Wirral is one of the first 11 pilot sites across England to pioneer the new nursing associate role. Six local NHS Trusts, including CWP, are working closely with partners to support 44 trainees as part of the two-year course. Click here for more information.
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