Developing competence: an evaluation of a nurse rotation pilot programme
Alison Richardson Chair in cancer and palliative nursing care, King’s College London
Anna Menon Formerly lecturer practitioner in cancer care, King’s College London, Marie Curie Cancer Care, London
Matthew Johnson Formerly lecturer practitioner in cancer care, King’s College London, St Bartholomew’s Hospital London
Emma Ream Senior lecturer, Nursing, King’s College London
The South East London Cancer Network Rotation Project established a rotation programme to provide nurses in cancer and palliative care with training across a range of agencies, together with academic study. The pilot programme, comprised of two cohorts of nine nurses, was evaluated to identify whether it fulfilled its aims, and to enable further refinement. Results demonstrated that while there had been challenges for participants and stakeholders, the programme was a success. Rotation nurses gained wider knowledge and skills and, in a relatively short time, established themselves as competent cancer and palliative care nurses. It was widely acknowledged that the programme had served to encourage the different organisations involved to work more closely with one another.
Cancer Nursing Practice. 6, 5, 35-39. doi: 10.7748/cnp2007.06.6.5.35.c4184