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Date of release: 8 December 2020

I want to use this week’s blog to pay tribute to our fabulous staff who have contributed towards The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust being named the best place to work in the UK for nurses.

Our esteemed Clinical Fellowship Programme (CFP) was voted Best UK Employer for Nursing Staff and won the Best Diversity and Inclusion Practice at the Nursing Times Workforce Summit Awards.

The organisation was also shortlisted as a finalist in the categories for Best International Recruitment Experience category and Workforce Team of the Year.

Latest News: Trust Nurses In Double National Awards Success
The Trust's double-award winning Clinical Fellowship Programme team in a composite image, after they were all photographed separately

Around 300 nurses have come through the CFP, of which 150 are international nurses, out of 3,700 nursing staff employed by the Trust.

The CFP provides nurses with excellent clinical practice exposure and access to structured and supported educational development to enable them to ‘top up’ to degree level or progress to Master’s level.

The success of the programme has meant that since February, the Trust has had the highest nurse retention rate in the West Midlands. 

We are delighted and honoured to receive these awards. As an organisation, we have always recognised the importance of diversity and inclusion practice, so we are extremely proud that our suite of programmes designed to meet individual needs of our Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) group and international nursing staff has been recognised. 

This has given the team a huge boost, as the team continue to build on this work. We feel privileged to have earned such an important award within our industry. 

To be recognised as the best UK employer for nursing is beyond amazing and it is thanks to all of the brilliant nursing staff here at the Trust who have made this possible.

Zoe Marsh, our Clinical Fellowship Lead, and her team have worked tirelessly over the past two years to build a successful programme that far surpasses filling vacancies.

The journey begins with recruitment; however the support underpinning the entire career of the nurse fellow goes beyond the CFP core management team. 

It starts with the world class education delivered by the Trust’s dedicated Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) team through to the support from our multi-disciplinary teams, including the Trust’s committed practice education facilitators.

We have designed our equality and inclusion programme collaboratively with our international nurses. 

We hold the principles of equality and inclusion at the heart of everything we do and feel honoured to be recognised for our work, during a year where race and inequality has been brought into sharp focus. We will continue to build on this work.

Unfortunately, we couldn’t attend a live awards ceremony – instead there was a virtual ceremony and we watched via a big screen on site with a few nibbles.

But it didn’t take away the immense pride we all felt at winning such prestigious awards.

Well done to all and take care,

A Teaching Trust of the University of Birmingham