Registered Nurses

Key People:

  • Head of Clinical Education:

    Denise Aspland

  • Practice Development Sister:

    Francine Gonzales-Walters

  • Practice Development Sister:

    Connie Stern

  • Practice Development Sister:

    Sylvie Seales

Continuous Professional Development
The Clinical Education Department (CED) is available to support the Continuous Professional Development of Registered Nurses within the Trust.
Section 6 of the NMC code state that:
Always practise in line with the best available evidence
To achieve this, you must:
  • 6.1
    make sure that any information or advice given is evidence-based, including information relating to using any health and care products or services
  • 6.2
    maintain the knowledge and skills you need for safe and effective practice
As part of revalidation it is essential that RN’s obtain 35 hours of CPD over 3 years (20 hours must be participatory) and the CED can provide access and advise to various courses and study sessions internal and external to the Trust. CPD must be identified as part of the Appraisal process
CPD funding is provided by Health Education England and any education funded by HEE must be mapped to the HEE Workforce investment plan as well as an individual’s PDR.
To apply for external course please complete the External Study and funding application form on ADAGIO , complete with your line managers and budget holders signature and return to CED, Philip Farrant Education Centre.
You must be up to date with all mandatory training before funding will be considered and any course over £500 will need to be presented to the education panel. Please note that the CPD budget is unable to fund accommodation or travel expenses.

Career Development

CED is also available to support in career advice for RN’s who need guidance on educational and professional development. To arrange a one to one please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Registered Nurse Study Days

The Registered Nurse 2 day study days are mandatory to all ward and department RN’s in the Trust. The knowledge and skills achieved on these days are mapped against NHS Clinical Core Skills for Health. Full information about the framework is available from the Skills for Health website Both days must be attended to be compliant but do not need to be in numerical order. Compliance is 2 yearly.

Example programme for the RN SDs

Registered Nurse Day 1 & 2 Example Programme

Florence Nightingale Foundation

We are proud to announce that here at DGT we are members of the Florence Nightingale Foundation.

So what does this actually mean?

The FNF is an organisation set up for Registered Nurses and Registered Midwives in all areas of nursing to support them in their career journey with Leadership.  Current members of the FNF work within the following organisations:

The Foundation has opportunities to learn more about leadership and what is means to be an excellent leader.  No matter what your banding or experience the FNF is open to all RN’s & RM’s

  • These opportunities include a minimum of bi-monthly webinars focus on the following topics:
    • “Audience with….” key nursing leaders
    • Preparing a successful scholarship application
    • Writing for publication
    • Developing political acumen
    • Creating coaching cultures
    • Appreciative inquiry
    • Leading in anxious times
    • Digital transformation
    • Ethical decision making
    • Leading change in social work

In addition there are opportunities to apply for a leadership scholarship with the foundation.

You can access these opportunities through your ward manager or matron but you can also catch up with previous webinars through their YouTube website:

 To discuss the benefits of the FNF in more detail please contact Denise on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Competency documents for Registered Nurses


Blood Culture

Blood transfusion

IV Phlebotomy Biennial

IV Cannulation (Biennial)

For on the job learning and development the CED has a RN PDN who can provide support and professional guidance in the workplace. For further information please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Bleep 411

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