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Another step forward for staff learning: RCN and Interserve Healthcare sign learning agreement

The future learning and development of nursing staff has been boosted today (Tuesday 20th March) by a new partnership between The Royal College of Nursing and Interserve Healthcare.

The two organisations have signed a learning agreement which will support the creation of RCN Learning Representative roles at Interserve Healthcare.

Many of the RCN’s members work through Interserve Healthcare and in other agency providers. By working together they will promote and support lifelong learning across Interserve and ensure equal access to learning opportunities for RCN members and other staff working at the company.

RCN Learning Representatives support the learning and career development of RCN members in the workplace. The six newly recruited RCN Learning Reps at Interserve will:

  • help RCN members plan and manage their learning and development
  • help to develop training by negotiating and supporting CPD in the workplace
  • organise events such as seminars, study days and workshops, either with employers or local RCN branches
  • keep up to date with learning opportunities and promote information, resources and support available to members.

Josie Irwin, Associate Director for Employment Relations at the Royal College of Nursing, said: “The RCN is pleased to form a learning partnership with Interserve Healthcare. This agreement is timely, as the RCN has a strong commitment to our members in the agency nursing sector.

“We very much welcome the six newly recruited RCN learning reps who will play a pivotal role in sharing and sign posting our members and their health care colleagues to the RCN wealth of learning resources. The RCN professional offer is designed to have a positive impact on patient care and safety.”

Andy Cook, Chief Nurse at Interserve Healthcare, said: “This learning agreement allows Interserve to demonstrate its continuing commitment to high standards of evidenced based nursing care.

“We are delighted to be working with the RCN and look forward to the benefits it will bring to us as a care provider, to our staff and, ultimately, the patients whose lives we support every day.”

Interserve employee and recently recruited RCN learning rep, Arianne Shephard, said: “Becoming a learning representative is an exciting opportunity to embrace a role which will enable me to help others learn, grow and develop in person and as practitioners.”

The formal signing of the agreement took place at the Interserve offices at Waterloo, London and was signed by Andy Cook, Chief Nurse with Interserve Healthcare and Irene Murray, RCN Employment Relations Advisor.

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