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Newly qualified community nurses to receive personal and professional support from LSBU

Health organisation gives LSBU funding to personally and professionally support newly qualified community nurses in north and east London
07 April 2015

London South Bank University (LSBU) has received £128,000 to provide personal and professional support to newly qualified and trainee nurses working in north and east London communities. The project is being developed for Health Education North Central and East London (HE NCEL).

"Working as a nurse in the community can be very demanding, unpredictable and isolating. There is an urgent need to give nurses local educational support to develop their skills, competence and confidence. This will enhance achievement and progression in the future community nursing workforce," said Sue Boran, Senior Lecturer in Community Healthcare (District Nursing) at LSBU.

The project is specifically aimed at practice nurses and district nurses, who provide care to patients in their homes or in residential nursing homes. Nurses will get one-to-one professional mentoring, life coaching and access a new online support network.

Personal mentors and a full-time educator will help nurses develop their independent care skills and ease their transitions to community nursing practice. Nurses will also receive iPads and access to a new online community that lets them ask for help, share experiences and pool resources. 

"Our vision is to work collaboratively with practitioners, educators and education providers locally through Community Education Provider Networks (CEPN) to embed sustainable solutions for the future. We are delighted that LSBU will be working with our CEPNs, where they have a long established relationship with healthcare organisations," said Chris Caldwell, Dean of Healthcare Professionals at HE NCEL.

"LSBU has a long history of providing top quality programmes and recognising the importance of work-based learning for nurses in community settings. We are moving towards even more integrated working, which HE NCEL's funding will enable us to further develop," said Sue.

This project marks another successful collaboration between a London-based health organisation, LSBU's School of Health and Social Care, and LSBU's Business Development team at the Clarence Centre for Enterprise and Innovation.