Glenside offers ongoing Career Development

21 August 2017 
As Glenside’s Operations Manager and Nurse Lead, Garrett Heidebrink says “There is ongoing support for all nursing disciplines.”
For those joining the Glenside clinical team, we offer an intensive induction with a neuro rehabilitation focus. Following their initial induction training and once they have completed their probationary period, staff are encouraged to continue to learn and increase their skills, by making a broad range of adhoc and ongoing training courses available.

For those recruited as a Rehabilitation Assistant, this may mean studying for a Diploma in Health and Social Care (Level 2 or 3).

In addition to mandatory training, Glenside offers a wide range of in-house training to develop people’s skills in line with our patient group requirements, including Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) and Management of Actual and Potential Aggression training (MAPA) for the behavioural pathway or tracheostomy care, ventilator training, catheter care and enteral feeding, for staff working within either the neuro rehabilitation or behavioural pathway. Periodically there are additional free funded qualifications such as “Critical Care Nursing” offered by Wiltshire Council or other providers and we encourage all appropriate staff to apply.

For those who show aptitude and who wish to continue their career progression, Glenside provides the Supportive Nurse Training Scheme which offers financial support to selected Senior Rehab Assistants to undertake the nursing degree qualification available at several local universities. This nurse training scheme offers significant support as staff are allowed days off to attend university and study leave over the duration of the three year degree course. This September, three Senior Rehab Assistants have been promoted to Staff Nurse having benefited from our in-house Supportive Nurse Training Scheme. We are just beginning the selection process again from amongst this year’s Senior Rehab Staff who have applied.

Glenside is able to support a number of newly qualified adult, mental health and learning disability nurses, through a preceptorship program within either the neuro rehabilitation, or the neuro behavioural pathway. We provide supplementary in-house training, allocate a personal mentor and offer dedicated supernumerary time to allow our preceptorship nurses to acquire the relevant skills to enable them to be signed off on the key competences required.

There is ongoing support for the nursing disciplines and a series of different groups are held to develop the continuous improvement of the business by sharing best practice, including the Senior Staff Nurse Group and the Learning and Development group, as well as regular nursing forums to help with CPD and revalidation.