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Learning from our equals

Kathy Oxtoby looks at a new initiative aimed at boosting positive interaction within the nursing workforce

This October, nurses at Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust gathered at an event attended by NHS England and Improvement’s (NHSE&I) deputy chief nurse Duncan Burton, to celebrate their completion of the Trust’s six-month pilot reciprocal mentoring programme.

For the nurses attending the ceremony, it meant much more than receiving a certificate of achievement. ‘It was an opportunity for these nurses to celebrate how the programme has helped them develop professionally – such as enabling three of the reciprocal mentors to apply for promotion and obtain a higher paid band,’ says Pamela Shaw, lead nurse, workforce resilience, for the Trust.

‘And the event was also a celebration of the ways in which the programme had encouraged them to develop personally – such as building their confidence, and developing strong relationships with their mentor partners,’ she says.

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