Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust’s community nursing service is celebrating after being shortlisted for a Nursing Times Award.

The service has created its own Workforce Development Programmes which have been shortlisted in the ‘Nursing in the Community’ category of the national awards.

The programmes aim to support staff to feel supported through learning and development opportunities and to empower staff to face challenges and address problems.

A number of programmes have been developed to support staff at different levels, including a new starter programme, registered nurse apprenticeships, senior staff nurse development and leadership opportunities.

Success stories from the nursing apprenticeship course, include a healthcare support worker, who was given the opportunity to realise her lifelong ambition of becoming a registered nurse.

Gemma Dennison, a healthcare support worker with the Care Trust enrolled on the nursing apprenticeship course, run in partnership with the Open University, and has never looked back.

Gemma, who has worked with the Trust for the past 10 years across both hospital and community settings, said: “Earlier this year I was given an amazing opportunity to complete the nursing apprenticeship course through the Open University, with the full support of my Trust. The course is the first in the country to have been carried out in this way and I feel very privileged to have been given this chance to achieve my all-time professional goal of becoming a registered nurse.

“The apprenticeship takes four years to complete and involves self-directed learning, assignments, assessments and spending time on placements, outside of my usual workplace, with pieces of reflection relating to placement experiences.”

Members of the senior leadership team will travel to London to give a presentation in September for the next stage of the awards.

Carla Smith, Clinical Lead for District Nursing at Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust, said: “The programmes were developed in response to the need for more complex care to be delivered closer to home. We wanted to ensure that our workforce providing the care to patients, families and carers felt engaged and were able to see opportunities available to work towards.

“We recognised the need as a Trust to invest in our staff from starting employment in the organisation and throughout their careers with us, creating a number of development opportunities.”

For further information on the programmes and the range of career focused opportunities available through the Trust please visit https://www.bdct.nhs.uk/working-for-us/working-for-us/district-nursing-workforce-development/.

If you are interested in joining the team the community nursing service is holding a recruitment open day on Saturday 13 July where you can meet the team, learn about the Trust and the exciting opportunities on offer.

The open day is for anyone with appropriate UK professional registration and will take place at New Mill, Saltaire between 9.30am and 1.00pm. Interviews will be available on the day and you could walk away with a conditional offer of employment.

For more information and to apply for a role please visit https://www.bdct.nhs.uk/current-vacancies/ and click on ‘nursing and midwifery.’