An innovative two year programme has been developed by the Orthopaedic Educational team at the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust (RBFT).
The programme, which began on 1 April is the first of its kind in the UK. Offered to qualified nurses, the rotational curriculum gives them experience in all Trauma and Orthopaedic specialities and provides participants with a postgraduate orthopaedic qualification.
Kathy Green, Practice Educator said: “Participants will study at Oxford Brookes University, whilst gaining practical hands-on experience. They will rotate across six specialist orthopaedic areas, gaining the necessary skills to become qualified postgraduate orthopaedic nurses. The whole programme is designed to fast track individuals into more senior posts within nursing.
“This is a new and innovative approach to engage with qualified nurses who would like to specialise in orthopaedics. We know that investing in our teams builds quality and commitment, something we are passionate about delivering to our patients.
“Three nurses have now started the course and we will start recruiting during the summer for four further participants to commence training in April 2017.”
Course participant and Staff Nurse Abi Barnard said: “I applied to do the post-graduate orthopaedic training scheme as I am passionate about trauma and orthopaedics and want to specialise in this area of nursing. The scheme will give me the opportunity to gain specialist knowledge enabling me to offer the best possible care.”
Colleague and fellow course participant Staff Nurse Tapiwa Zhakata added: “Participating in the course will not only improve my knowledge and practice in the field of orthopaedic nursing, but will also provide benefit to my colleagues as I will be able to share the knowledge I gain.“