Loddington business to help NHS nurses deliver quality care

Sustain directors Steve Macro (left) and Tony Hadley
Sustain directors Steve Macro (left) and Tony Hadley

A Northamptonshire business is playing a central role in a national pilot to improve education for the next generation of nurses.

Sustain, a business consultancy based in Loddington, near Kettering, has been selected to provide what it describes as a “ground-breaking personal effectiveness training course” to 43 healthcare assistants in the region who are taking part in the national pre-nursing pilot programme.

Called Sustain Steps to Excellence, the course has been adapted for use in the NHS, and will give trainees skills to deal with change and embrace leadership, so they can deliver quality care.

The training has been funded by Health Education East of England, and comes after Sustain successfully delivered a similar programme for health visitors in East Anglia. The business consultancy has since been commissioned to roll out the training to seven more services in the east of England.

“We are delighted that we have been chosen to deliver this important training within the national pilot programme,” said Steve Macro, Sustain director.

“An expansion of our existing portfolio, it further cements Sustain’s position as an effective and dynamic consultancy which delivers results by consistently punching above its weight.”

The programme for healthcare assistants aims to give staff the skills they need to deliver the NHS’s six Cs – care, compassion, competence, communication, courage and commitment – to their patients. It comes in the wake of the Francis Report into Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust.

Sustain director Tony Hadley said: “It is fantastic that Sustain has been so closely involved in this exciting project to ensure the next generation of nursing staff are able to deliver the best possible care to their patients.

“We adapted our Sustain Steps to Excellence course specifically for use as part of the pre-nursing pilot. Feedback from everyone involved so far has been incredibly positive, with many of the staff who have taken part already looking forward to putting the new skills they have learnt into action on the wards.

“The training will also put them in a strong position when they start applying for a place on a nursing degree course in the autumn.”