10 March 2015

Rennie Grove signs learning Agreement with The Royal College of Nursing

Rennie Grove Hospice Care has demonstrated its commitment to promoting learning in the workplace by signing a formal Learning Agreement with the Royal College of Nursing.

Representatives from the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) and Rennie Grove Hospice Care officially signed the new Agreement on Tuesday 10 March at a special celebration in the charity’s office in Tring, which was also attended by Cllr Alan Lawson, the Mayor of Dacorum. Anne Wells, Chair of the Eastern Region Branch of the RCN and Chair of the Membership and Representation Committee signed the Agreement on behalf of the RCN and Jo Oates, Head of Education signed for Rennie Grove.

Jo Oates, Head of Education at Rennie Grove explained: "It is vitally important to us to ensure that our clinical staff have the very best training so that they can provide the best care for our patients and this Learning Agreement shows how serious we are about this. It enhances our existing training plans and we’re also excited that the training will provide interesting learning opportunities for non-clinical staff as well.

"Engaging all staff in interesting and relevant training helps with motivation and encourages people to think about their current skills and what might be needed in the future, which will hopefully mean that they can have a long and rewarding career. Having a Learning Agreement in place will help with recruitment and staff retention too and as well as clinical training, there will be a focus on self-care for staff too, something that is particularly important in palliative care."

The Royal College of Nursing has been working across England in both the independent sector and the NHS to secure Learning Agreements. Emily Spencer-Rigby from the Royal College of Nursing said: "Learning Agreements demonstrate, and celebrate, a commitment by unions and employers to work in partnership to promote and protect learning in the workplace.

Learning representatives are at the heart of any agreement and, at Rennie Grove, the learning representative will be bringing RCN knowledge, resources and learning opportunities to the workplace. As well as this, by supporting learners here at Rennie Grove, and sharing their experience with us, the learning representative will be helping us to shape the future learning offer for those working in this setting."

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