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100 years of LD Nursing

Celebrating our Learning Disabilities Nurses

Thanks to NCH&C LD nurses

 

2019 marks the 100th anniversary of Learning Disability Nursing and to celebrate NCH&C’s CEO Josie Spencer and the NCH&C Board invited our LD Nurses to a special lunch to say thank you and recognise the unique contribution that this speciality makes to the field of nursing and the wider community.

Learning Disability Nurses work in partnership with people who have learning disabilities, and their families and carers. They ensure each patient develops individually to fulfil their potential in all aspects of their lives, irrespective of their age, abilities, behaviours and lifestyles. It was an honour to be able to say thank you to this team of nurses.

We currently have vacancies for Learning Disability Nurses – check them out here.

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Aviva helps celebrate volunteers at NCH&C

Volunteers' Week 2019

As part of Volunteers’ Week, NCH&C hosted a celebration event to say thank you to it’s 200 volunteers who contribute around 300 hours of support per week to patients, staff and visitors.

A team of colleagues from Aviva also got into the spirit of Volunteers’ Week by giving up their time to help support the event along with providing entertainment from the Aviva choir.

Anna Morgan, Director of Quality and Nursing and NCH&C, praised the role of volunteers:

“It’s wonderful to be able to celebrate our dedicated volunteers with a celebration event supported by Aviva. I can’t think of a better way to mark Volunteers’ Week 2019, than to have volunteers from Aviva give up their time to help run an event to celebrate our volunteers.

“Volunteers are an essential and valuable part of our organisation. Every volunteer at NCH&C gives their time, care and compassion to help others.We appreciate the lengths that each selfless volunteer goes to and the motives they have for being here. It is with pride that we consider them part of the staff here at the trust and it’s important that they are recognised accordingly.”

Paula Hall, Aviva’s volunteering site lead in Norwich, added: “Aviva is delighted to be asked to support this event for Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust (NCH&C) volunteers during Volunteering Week. Our staff have 21 hours a year to spend on volunteering activities, and many of them use their time to support places like NCH&C. The Trust runs a number of sites across Norfolk, including Priscilla Bacon Lodge, a specialist palliative care unit in Norwich. The Lodge is close to the heart of many of our employees, so to be able to be part of saying thank you to all the brilliant people who support the Lodge and other community care sites across Norfolk is a very special opportunity.”

Return to nursing

We are the NHS campaign turns attention to returning nurses

Last summer, the NHS launched its first recruitment drive in over a decade – We are the NHS – with an initial priority to increase the nursing workforce. The £6 million campaign led to a 4.5% increase in applications to nursing degrees. It is now turning its attention to getting more nurses back into practice and back into the NHS workforce.

Nurses leave the profession for a variety of reasons. Some have children or start a new career, while others retire. Many want to come back but don’t know they can or where to start.

This campaign is about reminding nurses why they fell in love with their profession and then supporting them on their journey back with useful information on financial support, where to find courses and tips on applications and interviews.

Courses and financial support

Return to practice courses are available across the country, including at the University of East Anglia (UEA), and course fees are paid by Health Education England. You’ll also receive at least £500 to help with travel, childcare and book costs.

Get back to what you love! Search ‘return to nursing’ or sign up to an email guide on returning to nursing at www.healthcareers.nhs.uk/nursing-registration

Still time to apply for apprenticeships in North Norfolk and South Norfolk

Apprenticeship applications still open

We have thoroughly enjoyed talking to lots of people at our Clinical Apprenticeship Open Days throughout May. We still have applications open in South Norfolk and North Norfolk so if you’re passionate about starting your career with NCH&C NHS Trust, click the links below to apply now:

Remember to apply for the role closest to your home address:

South Norfolk – applications close 02/06/19
▪️ HCA ➡️ https://tinyurl.com/y2ea3uvf
▪️ TNA ➡️ https://tinyurl.com/yyg8qxqs
▪️ NDA ➡️ https://tinyurl.com/y4whzha7

North Norfolk – applications close 05/06/19
▪️ HCA ➡️ https://tinyurl.com/yxcnrluo
▪️ TNA ➡️ https://tinyurl.com/y4bun5s4
▪️ NDA ➡️ https://tinyurl.com/y3vmfzrl

Our clinical apprenticeship applications are live!

NCH&C says #ThankYouNurses

NCH&C says #ThankYouNurses

NCH&C has been showing appreciation to its nursing staff on International Nurses Day by showcasing the difference they make to the health and well-being of local patients.

Anna Morgan, NCH&C director of nursing and quality, said: “International Nurses Day is a fantastic opportunity to thank all of our nurses for the compassionate care provided to the county’s patients. The nursing profession is as important today as it has ever been and we will celebrate the impact that modern day nurses make to healthcare.

“As somebody who is a nurse by background, I am deeply proud of the way in which our staff from a vast range of disciplines work together to deliver exactly the right care, where and when patients need it most.”

“NCH&C’s staff manage the county’s community hospitals and deliver a range of services which are delivered in community clinics and in people’s own homes.

“Florence Nightingale is a symbol of pioneering nursing and I am delighted that, in Norfolk, we are at the forefront of this ethos; we are unafraid of breaking new ground in the pursuit of improving support for our patients.

“It is clear to me that for so many colleagues, working in healthcare isn’t just a job, it is a calling. On behalf of the Trust, and patients across the county, I’d like to thank Norfolk’s nurses for their dedication and care.”

Clinical Apprenticeship Open Days throughout May

Clinical Apprenticeship Open Days throughout May

Clinical Apprenticeship Open Days in May 

We’re holding Clinical Apprenticeship Open Days throughout May across Norfolk to enable anyone interested in starting a career in healthcare to come and find out more about our apprenticeships. Our friendly team will be able to talk to you about what being an apprentice at NCH&C is like, what you can expect to learn and how you can progress in your career via the apprenticeship route. Application forms will be available at the Open Days so you can apply then and there or take them away and send back by the closing date.

We have lots of positions available in Nursing Degree, Nurse Associate and Healthcare Assistant apprentice posts.

Open Day Dates: 

  • Thursday 2 May 2019 – 2:30-6:30pm at Knight’s Hill Hotel, King’s Lynn
  • Thursday 9 May 2019 – 2:30-6:30pm at The Mercure Hotel, Norwich
  • Thursday 16 May 2019 – 2:30-6:30pm at Park Farm Hotel, Hethersett
  • Thursday 23 May 2019 – 2:30-6:30pm at Links Country Park, Cromer

If you would like to know more about the events, please email: careerdevelopment@nchc.nhs.uk or call 01603 272593.

Outstanding Community Trust reveals positive staff survey results

Results from the national 2018 NHS staff survey have been published and show just how much there is to be proud of at NCH&C.

The NHS Staff Survey is carried out annually across England to capture staff views of their experience at work and of NHS services. More than 1, 200 of our staff (57%) of staff responded to the survey, which is above the national average of 53.3%, to tell us what they like about working here and what they would like to see improved.

Where we did well:

  • NCH&C is the best performing community trust in the country in regards to acting fairly with regard to career progression / promotion regardless of any protected characteristic.
  • The results showed that in the last four years the number of staff who would recommend NCH&C as a place to work has increased from 42.4% to 68.3%.  This is above average for community trusts in England (59.4%).
  • Almost 80% of staff agreed that if a friend or relative needed treatment they would be happy with the standard of care provided at NCH&C which is above the national average for community trusts of 74.8%
  • The theme of staff engagement has significantly improved and is now above the national average this year.

Chief Executive, Josie Spencer, said “It is fantastic news more staff took part in the survey this year and told us about their experiences.  The latest staff survey shows positive increases in the majority of themes and no change in the rest which demonstrates another year of continuous improvement at NCH&C.

“I am already proud of our outstanding Trust. However, being ‘outstanding’ doesn’t mean we’re perfect. We are always keen to find out where we can develop and the staff survey is a very useful tool to highlight areas where we need to improve.

“Overall the results have highlighted positive progress despite a challenging context, nationally and locally. The focus moving forward will need to be to continue to build on progress already made, but to increase the pace in some areas.

“It is thanks to the dedication and commitment of our teams across Norfolk and Suffolk that we continue to provide outstanding care at the heart of our local communities.”

 

 

 

NCH&C celebrates outstanding staff who REACH for the stars

We held our Recognition of Excellence and Achievement in Community Healthcare (REACH) Awards on Thursday 7 March, to recognise the dedication, skill and commitment our staff show to patients and colleagues across Norfolk and Suffolk.

With 17 awards, individuals and teams who work in both clinical and business services settings were acknowledged for going above and beyond in the call of duty.

Each winner was presented with a trophy by Karl Minns, comedy writer for TV, radio, stage, print and sketch duo The Nimmo Twins, during a ceremony at Holiday Inn, Norwich North..

The finalists were chosen from an incredible volume of nominations from staff and patients. The winners were:

  • Emerging Talent – Rebecca Russell, Community Nurse
  • Apprentice of the Year – Giusy Angelini, Commercial and Business Development Apprentice
  • Excellence Award – Clinical – Annette Paul, Continence Service Lead
  • Excellence Award – Business Services – Steven Worley, Procurement Improvement and Development Manager
  • Innovation Award – Clinical – Louise Gilbert, Advanced Specialist Physiotherapist ESD for Stroke Norfolk
  • Innovation Award – Business Services – Adam Fisher, Procurement Systems Manager and Luke Moore, Project Manager
  • Partnership Working (Sponsored by Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust Charitable Fund) – Children’s Services – Service & Clinical Leads
  • Inspirational Leader (Sponsored by Vision Logistics) – Fai de Main, Integrated Team Manager
  • Mentor of the Year – Claire Mallet, Community Nurse
  • Team of the Year – Clinical – Wheelchair Assessment Team
  • Team of the Year – Business Services – The Temporary Worker Service
  • Volunteer of the Year (Sponsored by Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust Charitable Fund) – Dianne Palmer and Carol Brawn, Patient Assessors for PLACE
  • Lifetime Achievement Award (Sponsored by Birketts) – Caroline Copping, Housekeeper
  • Unsung Hero Award – Donna Todd, Community Assistant Practitioner
  • Patient Choice Award – Community Neurology Team (West Norfolk)
  • CEO Award – Liz Gard, Charge Nurse
  • Chair’s Award – Rosie Miller, Community Rehab

Anna Morgan, Director of Nursing and Quality, was also awarded a Special Recognition Award by NCH&C Chair, Geraldine Broderick for her contribution to enabling NCH&C to become the first community NHS trust in the country to achieve an ‘Outstanding’ CQC rating last year.

Chief Executive Josie Spencer said: “I was honoured to be part of such a special evening and the first of such in my post as Chief Executive at NCH&C. It is important to celebrate the talent and commitment of our fantastic staff. Their contribution makes a real difference to the lives of our patients and helps us to be an outstanding organisation.

“Saying ‘thank you’ on behalf of our Trust and on behalf of our patients is vital to ensuring our staff know just how much they are valued.”

Karl Minns said: “It was fantastic to be part of such an inspirational event. I’ve heard so many stories tonight of compassionate community care. It’s been a pleasure to be part of it and I’d like to send my congratulations to all the finalists.”