Colleagues from NHS Sussex and NHS England visited the Louisa Martindale Building in Brighton last month to learn more about the work we are doing to ‘grow, retain and reform’ the UHSussex workforce.
During the visit, Trish Rigby, Head of Nursing for Practice Development and Education, showcased the important work already underway to improve staff retention in nursing and midwifery.
Kim Cheetham, Nursing and Midwifery retention lead said: “We were thrilled to be able to share the fantastic achievements and ongoing work in relation to retention, including our new healthcare support worker foundation programme, nurse career pathways and our award-winning preceptorship and international nursing programmes.
“Being informed by evidence of what drives job satisfaction, experience and therefore retention of our staff we have focussed on early and late career pathways, supervision, staying healthy and being a learning organisation.”
The visit also included, David Vincent, Director of Workforce Planning and Deployment, sharing the Trust’s recruitment and career progression plans; Nick Groves, Associate Director, Leadership, OD & Engagement, presenting his team’s work on health and wellbeing schemes; and Linda Lewis, Head of HR Business Partnering, sharing the people breakthrough objective work and new flexible retirement guidance.
Caroline Mullins, Efficiency Programme Assistant, who organised the event, said: “It was a really great day, and our visitors came away from the session feeling very positive and were delighted to hear about all the fantastic work and initiatives to support both patients and staff and very much enjoyed their tour of the training and simulation suite of floor 11 of the LMB.”