Thursday, 01 March 2018
In December, South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust announced secured a large grant from the Burdett Trust for Nursing to devise a bespoke leadership development programme for its Black, Asian, Minority and Ethnic (BAME) nursing workforce.
The Trust worked with Kingston University colleagues and Chief Nursing Officer’s Jane Cummings BAME Expert Advisory Group members to promote development opportunities which aim to improve nursing retention rates.
The locally driven initiative aimed to tackle the challenge in retaining BAME nurses who are committed to providing best quality care and reinvigorating our existing workforce, especially in our community teams and specialist services.
So far, the Trust has successfully recruited 37 BAME nursing workforce staff to be part of the customised leadership programme from band 3 up to 8a, including three deaf staff members.
The programme has consisted of discussing quality improvement projects, improving communication, working on resilience and discussing leadership.
Every member of staff has been paired up with a coach in the trust to support them and their projects and part of the development included inviting service users and carers along for a day and they were able to give their feedback on project ideas from staff.
The Burdett Programme offers nurse participants a unique opportunity to build leadership skills, learn about leadership styles, individual coaching and explore how cultural backgrounds influence professional development.
Capitalising on SWLSTG Head of Nursing Catherine Gamble’s recent appointment as Royal College of Nursing Mental Health Professional Lead, nurses have had the opportunity to hear from high profile speakers who shared their career journey, including: Cecelia Anim RCN, President, Bernell Bussue RCN London Regional Director and Wendy Irwin RCN Equality Lead.
The programme is just one example of how the Trust is committed to promoting equality and diversity across its workforce.
Director of Nursing and Quality Vanessa Ford said “Nursing staff are vital to a strong mental health workforce and as a Trust we are committed to investing in the development of all of our nursing staff.
We are proud of the committed cohort of enthusiastic leaders who are moving towards promoting great leadership at South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust.”
Dr Mark Potter, Medical Director and Chair of the Trust’s Equality and Diversity Group said “We look forward to seeing how staff engage with the programme and hope to explore options to roll out training to other specialities in the future.”