A new career development programme has been launched for 2017/18, to help equip nurses and other health professionals gain the essential management, leadership and clinical skills for primary care.
Over a 24-month period, practitioners enrolled within the practitioner career development programme will take part in 16 modules covering ‘soft-skills’, including leadership, presentation and networking skills, as well as performance management, in addition to a wide range of essential clinical skills.
The programme is available for registered and newly qualified nurses wanting to move into primary care.
The course will be open to practitioners working for other care providers in primary care who are looking for structured training and development outside of their place of work.
The programme will start in Autumn 2017 and will include a variety of training methods, including classroom-based facilitated presentations, case-based discussions, a delegate workbook and a reflective journal.
Outside of the training sessions, delegates will receive protected development with their local mentor to put their new skills into practice in a safe learning environment.
Caroline Day, learning and development director at the group providing the programme, OneWorkforce, said: ‘We are very aware and have seen first-hand that having a highly skilled, confident and capable workforce is critical in today’s diverse healthcare market.
‘It is because of this that we have designed this innovative programme to specifically build on the challenges faced by practitioners nationwide.
‘The response so far has been incredible, with our application rate seeing a 500% increase in comparison to other salaried nursing positions! It is becoming clear that there is a real appetite out there for this type of support.
‘Due to the unprecedented level of interest we have received, we are planning to offer a second intake for the programme in early 2018. We would encourage anyone interested to get in touch.’
All vacancies for the programme are advertised on www.nhsjobs.co.uk and can be found by searching for ‘One Medical Group’ under the employer’s category.