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Kathy's Blog - April

In her final blog, Kathy reflects on the Supply Improvement Programme as it draws to a close.

After 3 years the work of the Supply Improvement Programme has come to an end with the implementation of some innovative solutions to nursing supply. 

It all started with the Fundamental Review of Nurse Education which we undertook in 2014/15 and the interim report has details on the key themes which emerged.

The Supply Improvement Programme focussed on delivering outcomes to address the themes emerging from the review

  • Training Nurses Faster (Flexible Nursing Pathway and sponsored MSc)
  • Training More Nurses (Developing a quality Clinical learning Environment)
  • Employing More Newly Qualified Nurses (Maximising Supply – Good Practice Guide)
  • Working  together as nurse leads across an STP area to maximise supply (DoNs Business Model)

This work was shared at a number of workshops which were held in Leeds, Stansted, Derby and Birmingham over Feb and March 2017.  Over 200 people attended and discussed presentations and films outlining the benefits and challenges of the work. We were very fortunate to have students and staff from service and HEIs in the east of England who attended the events are shared their expertise.  The presentations, films and papers shared at the workshops can all be found on the main Supply Improvement page on this website.

The achievements

Heading up the Fundamental Review and Supply Improvement programme has been a really wonderful experience and for me the high points include working with some truly excellent and committed people and delivering some ground breaking and innovative work that has been recognised on the national stage.

However more important than all of that, we have delivered changes which have had, and will continue to have, an impact on patient care:

  • The flexible nursing pathway students have graduated from the first programmes with more to follow

  • Students have commenced the sponsored MSc programme and will step into guaranteed employment

  • There are more clinical placements of higher quality which will enable service to train more students

  • DoNs are working in new ways across the system to continue to sustainably implement this work

I am taking voluntary redundancy at the end of April but I am so proud to have been part of this work.

The final words should of course go to the students:

This is a great privilege for me to be among this group. This course is really good for someone like me who has a family alongside work.

I feel fortunate and very privileged to be on the course, I would not be able to achieve registration without the work based learning programme.


Now I have a chance to better myself within my role and to give something back to my department and my colleagues who have all been supportive in my pathway progression.

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