The first cohort of Learning Disability Nurses whose studies have been funded by Devon Partnership NHS Trust qualified on the 27 July. Jenny Gilbert, Assistant Practitioner, Primary Care Liaison Team, has been in touch to congratulate the nurses on their hard work and determination. Jenny said: "I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate my colleagues, Lynsey Daniels, Lisa Tiffany and Robyn Glenister, former Assistant Practitioners and now the first cohort of learning disability nurses funded by our organisation to complete their nurse training through the University of West of England in Bristol.
"Their hard work and dedication has shown throughout the last four years of study to reach where they are now. They have thrown themselves into the numerous placements and become respected members of each team, bringing many years of experience with them.
"It’s not been easy, nor without personal challenges faced along the way, not to mention completing and qualifying during these unprecedented times of the Coronavirus pandemic.
"I am extremely proud of all three of them and what they have achieved and I am sure they will be excellent nurses in their respective new roles with the Continuing Health Care team, Intensive Assessment & Treatment Team and Additional Support Unit.
"Unfortunately, due to the current restrictions, they were unable to get together to celebrate on their last day at university which was a real shame. I therefore just wanted to say, "Welcome back to the Trust", a big well done and good luck in your new careers doing what you love - supporting and advocating for individuals with learning disabilities, helping them to fulfill their potential and ensuring their needs are met.
Over the coming weeks we will be publishing Lynsey, Lisa and Robyn's student nursing stories, sharing their experiences of working and learning through the COVID pandemic.
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