e Linnaeus referral nursing post-registration programme (PRP)designed to equip newly-qualified RVNs with the skills to work in specialist-led referral practice, has more than doubled in size since it launched last year. 

The programme took its first cohort of 14 nurses at Wear Referrals, Paragon Veterinary Referrals, Eastcott Referrals, Davies Veterinary Specialists and North Downs Specialist Referrals in 2020, making it the first veterinary nursing preceptorship in the UK.

The year-long programme has just restarted with its second intake of 22 nurses and with a further 16 set to be recruited for a March intake.

The expanded programme now runs over eight sites, with the original five joined by Southfields Veterinary Specialists, Willows Veterinary Centre and Referral Service and Cave Veterinary Specialists.

Sophie Venables, PRP manager for Linnaeus, said: “The programme has already shown its worth in helping new nurses reach their full potential after qualifying, giving them the opportunity to gain invaluable experience in referral practice with support from preceptors and skills supervisors every step of the way. We’re excited to see how it continues to develop.”

One of the programme’s first cohort, Catherine Adamson, joined Wear Referrals in May 2017 as an auxiliary nurse before training as an RVN.

After completing her diploma at East Durham College and her OSCEs, she became an RVN and joined the post-registration programme.

She said: “The PRP was a one-year course specifically in internal medicine, which was the department I gravitated towards during my SVN training and wanted to gain more experience in.

“The programme helped my confidence massively, as I was given the help and support I needed during my first year of being qualified. 

“The PRP also assisted with networking and helped me understand more than just the practical side of nursing.

"It has shown me how to write articles, complete audits and knowledge summaries, and has improved my confidence in myself and my work.”

For more information visit www.linnaeusgroup.co.uk/nursing-post-registration-programme

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