Nurses at UCLH have been given the opportunity and support to transfer sideways within the organisation. To date, 251 nurses have improved their skills in other areas.
The project is funded by UCLH Charity and was initially created in accordance to the retention strategy of the Trust. Lorraine Szeremeta, Deputy Head Nurse explained that this prevents staff from exploring external options and allows nurses to develop other areas which can place them in a better position for promotion.
The charity funds the role of Natalie Shamash, Careers Clinic Project Lead who provides nurses with the advice and support they need to ensure that the process runs smoothly. Natalie ensures that opportunities are communicated about internally before they are advertised externally and this shows staff that they are valued.
Rachael Keeling was the 200th nurse to benefit from a career move having transferred from the NHNN to the oncology ward at University College Hospital as she was looking for a new challenge. “I was happy at UCLH and didn’t want to leave. I thought oncology would allow me to gain experience, while still allowing me to really get to know the patients and be involved in aspects of their care”, she said.
The programme also has positive implications for the Trust as there is less need for temporary agency staff meaning that teams will more likely provide a high and consistent standard. “It makes sense really. Areas with high vacancies and a high amount of temporary staff cannot provide the standard of care that a fully staffed ward provides”, said Natalie.
Lorraine Szeremeta added, “The sideways transfer is an example of UCLH nurturing staff to be the best they can be. This has a positive effect on the patient and helps UCLH maintain an excellent standard of care and a world-class service.”