Date of release: 4 December 2020
The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust is celebrating after winning two major national awards to recognise it as the best place to work in the UK for nurses and praise its nursing recruitment programme.
The Trust was named Best UK Employer for Nursing Staff and its Clinical Fellowship Programme (CFP) won the Best Diversity and Inclusion Practice category at the Nursing Times Workforce Summit Awards.
The organisation, which comprises three main hospital sites – New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton, Cannock Chase Hospital and West Park Hospital, Wolverhampton – was also shortlisted as a finalist in the categories for Best International Recruitment Experience category and Workforce Team of the Year.
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.
Prof. Ann-Marie Cannaby, Chief Nurse, said: “We are delighted and honoured to receive this award.
“As an organisation, we have always recognised the importance of diversity and inclusion practice, so the team and I 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, so thank you.
“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, Clinical Fellowship Lead, said: “We are delighted and honoured that the CFP has been recognised by such an important award.
“The 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.”
Regarding being voted Best Diversity and Inclusion Practice, Zoe added: “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.”
Prof. David Loughton CBE, Trust Chief Executive, said: “I am proud and delighted our organisation has been recognised with these two prestigious awards – if you’re a nurse, this is THE place to work so it is the equivalent of winning the Premier League.
“The awards reflect the tireless efforts of our staff to not only recruit, train and educate our nurses but also develop, nurture and retain them to enable them to enjoy successful, rewarding careers here and serve us outstandingly well.
“Congratulations and well done to all the staff who work so hard to ensure each and every nurse is valued and makes the Trust such a positive place to work.”