Today is International Nurses Day (12 May) and we would like to say a special thank you to all our nursing colleagues who have delivered outstanding patient care over the past year despite all its challenges. Alongside our other fantastic HUC teams, nurses working at HUC are working in a multitude of different environments, from practice nurses to clinical advisors, from Advanced Nurse Practitioners at a treatment centre seeing patients face to face to consultation nurses carrying out telephone consultations, to working in our Clinical Assessment Service (CAS) in the NHS 111 contact centre, supporting the wider 111 team – they are an integral part of our HUC services. And we are committed to supporting our colleagues to develop their skills sets further by offering training and learning and development opportunities.

Training opportunities for our nurses/clinical advisors

We offer a number of training courses including a Minor Illness Course, Pharmacology and Minor Injury Training, which are a brilliant chance to upskill our colleagues.
Feedback from participants has been remarkable. For the Minor Illness Course held last year, the average rating was 4.9 out of 5.
“A great deal of new evidence-based information and guidelines which now need to be implemented in my GP Practice,” said one of the participants.
“Very easy to understand and follow! Useful anecdotes – easy to remember what was taught. Thank you!”

We are also supporting nurses to undertake the non-medical prescribing course for the first time.

Plenty of scope and growth for clinicians/nurses

If you are a nurse and looking for a new way to use your clinical skills, there are a wide range of opportunities to make a difference at HUC. We offer flexible working to our clinicians with great full-time rotas systems in place. And if your situation requires slightly more flexible working, we look at ways how we can accommodate that. The pandemic has helped us to develop flexible working and we are currently trialling working from home for our NHS 111 Clinical Advisors. So you could help patients without leaving your home! Watch one of our Clinical Advisors, Rowena Couling, talk about her role at HUC (please note video was shot before the pandemic).

Words of praise from our Head of Nursing

Nurses have made an invaluable contribution to the patient communities we serve over the last year. Ken West, our Head of Nursing, lauded the efforts and support by his colleagues. He joined the organisation last year, just a few short weeks before the outbreak of COVID-19. “HUC is a friendly organisation and I’ve really enjoyed every single day I’ve been here. With COVID around, there have been challenging times, but we’ve come out stronger as a team. At the end of the day it’s all about being there for patients. And the support from everybody at HUC is spectacular,” says Ken.