Inspiration: Newham Super Hub for Community Development

Inspiration: Newham Super Hub for Community Development

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Organisation: East London Foundation Trust, Community Health Newham


The development of a Super Hub for community nursing development is a six month project (from September 2014-end of March 2015) funded by Health Education North East London (HENCEL).

The benefits will be to develop our community Nursing workforce to be able to deliver high quality patient-centred care to our service users in Newham Community. It will also improve the learning environment for existing staff of all levels and learners to improve recruitment and retention.

We are developing a career pathway for community staff from Health Care Support Workers to Community Matrons, to ensure that all staff have the opportunity to develop and flourish professionally. The project will increase the number of Specialist Community Practice Teachers, ‘sign-off mentors’ and other mentors, which will increase the capacity and improve the placement experience for pre and post registration learners.

In partnership with City University, London, we are evaluating and strengthening our current preceptorship programme so that we can develop our dynamic and motivated newly qualified nurses into excellent community nurses, with the skills commensurate with the changing pace of community care.

The preceptorship programme will be developed to be able to support nurses new to the community to ensure that they are also able to deliver the competent and quality care to our service users in Newham.

The project is also looking at increasing the number and variety of practice placements across primary care. We are working closely with the Newham Community Education Provider Network to identify practice placements within GP practice.

The evaluation of the project is due on 31st March 2015

Area of work

In relation to the four foundations of our declaration, this project aims to:

  • Happy staff with the right skills

Service user involvement?

Not directly. We reflected on complaints, compliments and incident data to identify priorities.

Advice for others

Engaging with staff and involving them in the design of development programmes is key to the success in this type of project.

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