Welcoming the class of 2012; INVESTING IN NURSING...
The nurses recently completed a three-year degree and diploma course and have now started a six-month preceptorship programme with the Trust. This programme helps nurses make the transition from university to nursing in a busy hospital.
Debbie Reape, deputy director of nursing at the trust, said: These nurses have been outstanding throughout their training and I am delighted they are joining Northumbria. There will be many opportunities for these nurses to progress in their career with new and exciting developments such as the Specialist Emergency Care Centre and the redevelopment of some of our community hospitals."
And they can be secure in the knowledge that they are working for one of the top five NHS trusts in the country for quality of care. The 2011 National Outpatient Survey, released by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), involved 163 trusts with over 72,000 patients across the country providing feedback on their experience of care.
On a recent visit to Hexham General Hospital, the Royal College of Nursing''s national deputy president, Cecilia Anim, congratulated the whole of the Trust''s nursing staff for their achievement and particularly praised the excellence of its nursing apprentice scheme.
She said: I was particularly interested to learn about the Trust''s excellent apprentice scheme and how it successfully supports and develops young people from a variety of backgrounds for a career in nursing and other clinical professions.
READY AND WILLING New nurses at Northumbria Healthcare EXCELLENCE RCN national deputy president, Cecilia Anim, meets staff at Hexham General Hospital