05 December 2018
Support workers celebrate success of new route into nursing
Six support workers from Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health
Partnership (AWP) NHS Trust's Clinical Careers Progression
Programme have graduated achieving their nursing registration.
The University of the West of England's Nursing and Midwifery
Department held its annual graduation ceremony on Wednesday 28
November at Bristol Cathedral. Amongst the sea of gowns and mortar
boards were six newly registered nurses who, in their previous
working lives, had worked for the Trust in unregistered support
roles across Bristol and North Somerset. Following a competitive
selection process, each gained a funded place on the Clinical
Carers Progression Programme's two year mental health nursing
Polly Fairbrass (Bath and North East Somerset Recovery Team),
Natalie Davenport (North Somerset Intensive Recovery Team), Jemma
Silverton (Community Perinatal Team), Carey Wilson (Community Child
Adolescent Mental Health Services CAMHS), Michaela Holovkova (Acer
Unit, Fromeside, Blackberry Hill Hospital) and Abby Chapman (Teign
Ward, Fromeside, Blackberry Hill Hospital) are shining examples
that there is more than one route into nursing. All of the
graduates have now successfully taken up substantive positions with
AWP and will begin their journey as registered nurses.
Natalie Davenport, Recovery Practitioner at North Somerset
Recovery, said: "A combination of inspirational teaching,
passionate mentors and supportive managers has enabled us to
broaden our caring vision, develop our clinical skills, and to
thrive in some of the exceptional services that AWP has to offer.
They invested and believed in us, and we are now looking forward to
making new journeys, and to building on the excellent,
evidenced-based approaches to compassionate care that lie at the
heart of everything we do in AWP."
Rachel Knowles, Practice Education Facilitator, and Ben
Padfield, Service Improvement Facilitator, for AWP's Nursing and
Quality Directorate joined their mentees to mark their graduation
and celebrate the success of the programme.
Ben said: "This is such an exciting time for those who want to
train as nurses, because we're closer than ever to giving
unregistered practitioners the chance to progress their careers
without destroying their bank balance or requiring them to have
pre-existing degrees. This wonderful occasion is just the start of
our journey to provide first class clinical development programmes
for all, at whatever stage of their working lives.
"The Trust has recently sponsored six unregistered practitioners
to undertake Learning Disability Nurse training, and we're not
The Clinical Careers Progression Programme, a multidisciplinary
and departmental initiative at AWP, continues to develop and roll
out a progression framework within the Trust. The aim of the
programme is to provide the best available care to service users
through training, developing and supporting staff through
apprenticeships for new-to-care inpatient and community support
workers, higher apprenticeships for those with experience and those
looking for a route into professional training as well as high
level clinical qualifications for registrants in specialist
If you're interested in a rewarding career in mental health, a
career where your passion makes a real difference to the lives of
those in your community, then AWP has a wide range of roles and
development pathways it is recruiting into.
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