Nurse Development

We have recently set up a new function within our Nursing and Operations Directorate in order to support our nurses with their development and revalidation plans for the future. We currently have 396 registered nurses within the Trust which equates to approximately 41% of the workforce. Together with our Healthcare Assistants, this makes up more than half of the total workforce, making it the single biggest professional group within the Trust.

Nurse revalidation is extremely important for a nurse’s career, and here at Dudley and Walsall Mental Health NHS Partnership Trust ( DWMH) this is taken very seriously. We are keen to support our nurses as much as possible, making it our mission to ensure the right materials and support have been put in place to ensure our nurses revalidate successfully when the time comes. This ensures standards are high and safe practice is maintained at all times.

Our Nurse Development Function offers full support for nurses’ on-going development and revalidation needs by providing:

  • A range of bite sized development sessions to keep you updated
  • Bespoke development
  • 1:1, group and team support with revalidation
  • Professional Nurse Forum– an opportunity to network with colleagues and hear about current issues relevant to nursing
  • Band 5 & 6 Nurse Development Programmes which run over 6 months
  • Nurse Development webpage—a one stop shop for all the development and revalidation information in one place
  • The Nurse Senate– a place to share and comment on good practice across the Trust

Each year a full and comprehensive Nurse Development programme is on offer. 2-3 hour development sessions are delivered by our internal experts across hospital sites for easy access. Subjects such as: Nurse Revalidation, Compassion focused therapy in mental health, ADHD in Children and Adults, Understanding Sexual violence and Psychological ( talking) Therapies. At the end of the session our nurses will receive a certificate and NMC Reflective Accounts template to close the loop on the learning experience for their revalidation portfolio.

At DWMH we pride ourselves in being ahead of other Trusts with our Nurse Development and Revalidation support and opportunities. Regional NHS bodies such as Mental Health Institute and Health Education West Midlands support our approach..

For further information, please contact Jayne Hloul, Head of Nurse Development & Revalidation, at jayne.hloul@nhs.net