Dedicated and focused Tara Teske has been supported by the Care Trust to achieve her career goal of becoming a district nurse.

After successfully completing the Trust’s unique Senior Staff Development Programme it enabled Tara to become a well-rounded Community Senior Staff Nurse ready to progress onto studying at university to gain a specialist community practitioner district nurse qualification.

Tara is due to complete her district nursing qualification in September and embark on a new journey as a district nurse at the Care Trust. Tara said: “If I hadn’t completed the Trust’s Senior Staff Development Programme I wouldn’t have gained the knowledge, skills and experience needed to be accepted onto the university course degree and become a district nurse. I have been provided with unlimited chances to develop myself not only personally but professionally too.”

The Senior Staff Development Programme forms a yearlong secondment for community nurses to become senior community nurses. Each nurse on the programme is supported with an extensive training programme and individual mentor.

Tara explained: “It’s been such a learning curve for me and I have thoroughly enjoyed it. As part of the programme I led and managed my own team under supervision, attended human resource courses to support me in a managerial role and had the opportunity to work with other staff to think how we can provide care and support people in more innovative ways. I developed and learnt new skills. The programme definitely prepared me for university and the work involved.”

Rebecca Bentley, Nursing Professional Lead and Nursing Professional at the Care Trust, said: “We are committed to developing our staff and provide a range of unique and bespoke development opportunities to support people to progress at all levels of nursing. We embrace ongoing learning and development.”

To hear more from Tara see her video where she talks more about her experience of working for the Trust and the Senior Staff Development Programme.

If you are interested in nursing in Bradford and want to know about the benefits and development opportunities please contact Rebecca Bentley, Nursing Professional Lead & Non Medical Prescribing Lead or Debbie Cromack, Practice Learning Facilitator.