As a second year of our Nurse First programme gets under way in Manchester, we’re excited to see the pilot moving from strength to strength. Funded once more by Johnson & Johnson, we’ve recruited 24 nurses from all over the country for this year’s programme following a high number of applications and a competitive selection process.
At the same time we’re also celebrating the completion of the programme by last year’s cohort. We marked this last week with a conference that saw each of the 23 nurses who took part presenting a new community health initiative that they are developing or implementing.
Professor David Sines CBE, who delivered the keynote speech at the conference, said of the event: ‘I was delighted to witness the excellent standard of poster presentations designed by the first cohort of ‘Nurse First’ students. The individual and collective impact that the students have made on the development and delivery of innovation in service redesign is most impressive and undoubtedly evidences the benefits that can be realised by combining intellectual creativity with professional acumen. The projects demonstrate excellent examples of improvements in clinical effectiveness, productivity and user satisfaction, focusing particularly on the ‘care closer to home agenda’.