Two nurses from Sirona care & health’s Learning Disabilities (LD) Service have achieved placements on the prestigious Florence Nightingale Foundation LD programme.
The programme develops the careers of nurses who care for people with learning disabilities; Lyn Sandles and Michelle Darch are both Nurses with Sirona care & health’s South Gloucestershire Learning Disability Service and are based at Church House in Soundwell and Southmead Hospital in Bristol respectively.
Jenny Theed, Sirona’s Director of Nursing and Operations, said: “Placements on the Florence Nightingale Foundation Programme are highly prized, so having two members of the same service securing placements is a fantastic achievement.”
Speaking about the news, Lyn said: “I’m very excited to have been accepted onto the programme. I’ll be able to develop my leadership skills and confidence in being an outspoken advocate for people with learning disabilities.
“It’ll improve my everyday practice which will have a positive effect for the people, families and carers that I support through community and hospital liaison nursing. It’ll also provide an excellent opportunity to network with learning disability nurses from across the country to share experiences and work together as a group to develop our skills.”
Michelle added: “I’m incredibly chuffed to have received a scholarship for the course. I think the programme sounds really interesting and will hopefully provide me with the skills and tools to develop and become confident to make changes in my role as Hospital Liaison Nurse at Southmead Hospital.
“Learning Disability Nursing is 100 years old this year and I believe that with development of Learning Disability Nurses this can only continue to improve health outcomes for this amazing group of people who continue to face challenges, and I’m proud to be part of that change.”
The Florence Nightingale Foundation (LD) programme is fully funded by Health Education England and offers 40 learning disability nurses bespoke leadership development to become Florence Nightingale Nurses and develop as future leaders in healthcare.