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Leaving a legacy behind

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Legacy mentoring is a new approach to retaining th Legacy mentoring is a new approach to retaining the skills of experienced nurses

Teresa Coe had been a nurse since 1984. By 2020 she was working as a quality assurance nurse for Norfolk and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group. She no longer wanted to work full time. But she also wasn’t ready to retire.

‘I didn’t want the intensity and pressure of the job. But I still felt I had more to give the profession,’ she says.

Then, in Christmas 2020 she saw an advert in the CCG’s jobs bulletin that she felt suited her needs exactly. ‘It was a post for someone who was coming up to retirement but who still wanted to be involved in nursing and still felt they had something to offer. I thought – that job has my name on it.’

The advert was for a ‘legacy nurse’ – and today Ms Coe is one of four nurses carrying out this new role for Norfolk and Waveney Health & Care Partnership Integrated Care System (ICS). Funded by Health Education England (HEE), this pilot role at the ICS is for nurses who are at or near retirement and interested in spending a ‘legacy’ period supervising, supporting, and handing over career insights to future students in primary care, acute or community trusts.

‘Legacy mentoring’ is an approach NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE&I) are encouraging organisations to take, saying these ‘legacy roles provide ‘essential professional advice, education and guidance, feeding forward their ‘legacy’ to the next generation and supporting staff health and wellbeing and career progression’.

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