Nursing and midwifery training and education

We are committed to supporting our staff to deliver the highest standards of care for our patients.

This involves:

  • Delivering and sourcing education and training for non-medical clinical staff in order to ensure safe patient care
  • Developing educational career pathways that support changing workforce needs
  • Promoting excellence in pre-registration education across all professions
  • Building additional skills for research, innovation and leadership
  • Ensuring responsive education to meet specific clinical priorities
  • Working with partners to embed and sustain educational solutions to service improvement

All of our non-medical clinical staff have the chance to benefit from:

  • Opportunities to apply for education funding
  • Careers advice, clinical skills teaching and clinical supervision
  • Study days
  • Care makers network
  • Older people and dignity champions network
  • Action learning sets, after action reviews and 360 degree feedback
  • Inter-professional Trust-wide working

In addition, we offer the following role-specific opportunities:

A wide range of  courses are available that lead to professional registration as a nurse or midwife.

We provide nursing and midwifery training in partnership with the University of Brighton, the University of Portsmouth and the Open University.

Registered nurses employed by us can benefit from the following opportunities:

  • Induction for all new employees
  • Preceptorship programme for newly qualified nurses
  • Band 5 development programme for nurses
  • Band 6 development programme for nurses and midwives
  • Band 7 development programme for nurses and midwives
  • Annual Nursing and Midwifery Conference
  • NMC revalidation information sessions and advice
  • Medicines management teaching
  • Study days for non-medical prescribers
  • Training, support and education for midwives and maternity care assistants

Examples of opportunities available to midwives include:

  • Midwifery sign-off mentorship course
  • Examination of the newborn NIPE qualification
  • Sussex Leading and Managing Maternity Emergencies (SLAMME), a multidisciplinary simulation training day
  • Homebirth Emergencies Workshop (HEW), a joint initiative with community midwives and paramedics
  • In-house workshops on various topics including
    • Cardiac anomalies
    • Epilepsy
    • Fertility treatment and its impact on motherhood

In addition, we commission a wide range of courses from several universities for nurses, midwives and other health professionals who want to develop their professional practice and academic careers.

All of our health care assistants (HCAs) and maternity care assistants (MCAs) receive training in the Care Certificate, the chance to work with a clinical coach and the opportunity to become a health and social care apprentice.

Our HCAs and band 2-4 clinical staff benefit from:

  • Annual HCA/AP conference
  • HCA skills and development
  • HCA/AP coaching
  • Care Certificate programme
  • Opportunity to apply for a health and social care foundation degrees (after one year of substantive employment)
We provide the following opportunities for staff who are mentors and educators:

  • Clinical educators network for educators of nurses, midwives and HCAs
  • Annual multi-disciplinary educators event for all educators in the Trust
  • Mentorship and sign-off mentor updates for mentors of nurses and midwives
  • Triennial reviews for mentors of nurses and midwives
  • Sponsorship opportunities for educators to attend international practice development school and to apply for Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)