A total of 20 newly-qualified mental health staff have started work at Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) to help further improve the care which people with mental health difficulties receive.
Adult Central Acute Services, which includes the Thurne, Waveney, Rollesby and Glaven Wards at Hellesdon Hospital in Norwich, has welcomed 14 of the new nurses, while a social worker has joined the Crisis Resolution Home Treatment Team. The remaining five staff are working in a variety of teams across the Trust.
The 14 new appointments on the wards mean that vacancies within the acute service have nearly been filled, which will help the Trust reduce its use of agency staff, in turn offering patients a greater continuity of care.
During their first two weeks in post, the staff working on the acute wards are completing an extensive induction to bring them up to speed with NSFT’s vision, values and policies, while also offering them any additional training they may need which is specific to their wards.
The induction covers areas such as life support, physiological and physical health, personal safety, carers awareness and e-learning, as well as specialist training on the prevention and management of aggression.
As soon as they have finished the programme, the nurses will begin caring for patients with a range of acute mental health needs, including bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, depression and severe anxiety.
Charlie Loades, Acting Deputy Matron based at Hellesdon Hospital, said: “To have 14 new nurses and a social worker joining our team is incredibly exciting and fantastic for our service as it represents a significant increase in recruitment and means nearly all of our vacancies have now been filled.
“Nearly all of the new recruits completed placements within Adult Central Acute Services, so it is a testament to the welcome they received and their experiences on the wards that they have chosen to come back to start their nursing journeys with us.
“We have arranged a very extensive induction so that the new recruits can receive all of the help and support they need to deliver high-quality, good practice right from the very start of their careers. This will not only mean our patients benefit from the very best care, but will also ensure our new colleagues have all of the tools in place to set them up for the rest of their lives.”
Throughout their first year in post, the nurses and social worker will attend special sessions at NSFT’s newly-qualified nursing academy, which aims to provide newly-qualified staff with the right support to help them make the transition from university to the workplace. They will also receive monthly peer support from colleagues with an interest in developing staff.
Dawn Collins, NSFT Deputy Director of Nursing, said: “It's great news that these newly-qualified staff have chosen to start their careers with our Trust, and we are delighted to welcome these new recruits to NSFT.
“Their appointment will help reduce our use of agency staff, which means our patients will receive continuity of care from an established team of permanent staff.”
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