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East Staffordshire at-home patients to benefit from 'enhanced nursing programme'

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 15, 2014

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PATIENTS across East Staffordshire will soon be benefiting from enhanced skills and knowledge from Staffordshire Partnership NHS Trust district nurses who have completed a specialist course.

The course is aimed at providing expert care to people in their own homes.

During the course district nurses are able to develop their expertise enabling them to efficiently care for patients living with multiple and complex conditions while in the community.

Director of nursing at the partnership Siobhan Heafield said: "Uptake in the course is quickly growing. However, where other trusts are putting one or two nurses on to the course we are encouraging many more of our nurses to take the step to progress their skills base.

"As the population gets older the needs of patients are becoming more complex. Therefore it's increasingly important that district nurses providing care in the community are equipped with skills and clinical knowledge which would have been expected from a clinical setting."

Students on the 12-month course are offered a placement which supports them in gaining practical experience.

Many of the nurses are also given opportunities to shadow senior managers including chief executive officer, to increase their understanding of leadership within the NHS.

Joseph Potts, a student who will complete the programme in September, said: "The specialist training course is a great opportunity to gain knowledge and enhance your skills to become a district nurse.

"I think the trust's interest in the course really shows how much the partnership values the roles of district nurses and the positive vision which the trust has in district nursing as a profession."

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