Nursing Times nomination for Spanish Summer School

Pictured from left: Kate LillieLynn Keilty-WoolcockPaul Broad, Carolina Hortelano Almario, Manuel Gomez-Brufal Flores, Maria Pomares Diez), Anne Barks, Helen Inwood and Kate Hackett

An initiative run by UHNM has been nominated for a Nursing Times award. The innovative Spanish Summer School, which is coordinated between UHNM, Keele University and the University of Cardinal Herrera in Alicante, Spain, gives nurses in their third year of training the chance to experience life in the NHS. The team responsible for the initiative have now been shortlisted in the Nursing Times Workforce Summit Awards in the 'Best workplace for learning and development - Over 1,500 nursing staff' category.

Anne Barks, Care Coach, said: "The school is an unusual initiative and one we're very proud of. It is now in its second year and proving very popular with our students.  During their three weeks at UHNM they get to work in around nine different specialties and complete observed objectives. They also attend three days of study sessions. We really try to give our students a great experience as we hope it will generate enough interest for them to consider a career working in the UK and come to visit us again!"

Carolina Almario said: "We came over here because we wanted to learn about nursing in a different country and to see what it's like working here in comparison to Spain. We have all noticed that everyone has been very friendly and helpful.  It's been a brilliant experience working here as we've got to work in different specialties."

Maria Diez said: "We liked the fact that every nurse remains in a speciality and has a good knowledge of that area and we've found the different uniforms for grade and job roles very helpful as we know who we've been talking to straight away. In Spain, everyone wears the same uniform and you have to look carefully at each person's name badge to identify what role they are doing." 

Manuel Flores said: "We have found British people to be very polite and friendly and they are also more softly spoken than the Spanish.  This has been especially noticeable on the wards where the atmosphere is quiter, especially at visiting times, which we think is really important for recovery in an acute hospital."