The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust and Foundation of Nursing Studies win Burdett Trust for Nursing funding

24 December 2020

The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust and Foundation of Nursing Studies win the Burdett Trust for Nursing funding to deliver Resilience Based Clinical Supervision model across North London.

Nursing at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust and the Foundation for Nursing Studies are delighted to announce a successful bid, awarded by the Burdett Trust for Nursing Covid-19 Nurses Resilience 2020 fund.

Through the award, training in Resilience Based Clinical Supervision will be offered to 100 nurse or midwife champions working across Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Haringey and Islington. Once trained, they can each work with at least six others in their teams locally to support purposeful, reflective everyday practice. Within a year we will have a huge community of nursing and midwifery practice across all settings – hospital, community primary care and social care - connected online and offering stronger, more meaningful everyday care to our communities.

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The health and wellbeing of our nurses and midwives has been prioritised by England's Chief Nursing Officer and is more important than ever as the pandemic exerts more pressure on our services. With 100 years of work on the psychological wellbeing of workers, Tavistock and Portman has a wealth of research, training and clinical expertise on the importance of reflective practice as part of professional supervision. The Resilience Based Clinical Supervision model training will create a space for professionals to connect on a deeper level and reflect on their practice.

Chris Caldwell, North Central London Integrated Care System Chief Nurse and Director of Nursing at Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust says:

"We are delighted to have been awarded funding for this fantastic and ambitious scheme which will play a vital role in our system-wide strategy to ensure the wellbeing of all of our workers and allow us to have an organised system. This important project will also enable us to evaluate the role of high quality reflective clinical supervision in enabling nurses to continue to feel positively engaged with what is frequently highly emotionally challenging work. This will be an important part of our workforce retention programme."

Dr David Foster OBE, Chairman, Foundation of Nursing Studies, says:

"I am delighted that Burdett is funding this important, collaborative work which properly recognises the value of nurses and their significant need for resilience-based clinical supervision.  This programme will be of enormous benefit to the profession and the quality of care".

Joanne Bosanquet MBE, Chief Executive, Foundation of Nursing Studies says:

"I am thrilled and honoured to be developing this programme in partnership with colleagues in the North Central London Integrated Care System. We have a similar organisational ethos and our ways of working complement one another. Our focus on nurses across the health and care system will strengthen the integration of care and ultimately benefit patients, residents and service users.

Health and wellbeing of our nursing and midwifery workforce has been prioritised by England’s Chief Nursing Officer Ruth May. Professional supervision creates a space for nurses to connect on a deeper level and reflect on their practice. This has become even more important as the global pandemic exerts more pressure on our services. Our Resilience Based Clinical Supervision model provides this space."

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