Student nurses return to Pilgrim Hospital

STUDENTS nurses have returned to Boston’s Pilgrim Hospital after being withdrawn last summer amid “serious concerns”.

United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust (ULHT) says the students have returned on a phased basis with the latest cohort starting this week.

The trust said it worked with universities and the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) – which withdrew the students last year – to ensure its traning is of a high quality.

Tracy Pilcher, hospital deputy director of nursing and patient services, said: “It’s a real boost to the hospital to see the students return.

“We have worked closely with the universities and the NMC to ensure we provide a high quality learning environment and are really pleased that following assessments of the training they have allowed the students to return.”

The return of the students follows the news last week that the Care Quality Commission has praised the Pilgrim for improvements since it too raised concerns over the standards of care at the Sibsey Road hospital.

Midwifery Student Laura Hood said: “I returned to Pilgrim in January and everyone has welcomed me back into the team. I was enjoying my training before and was really disappointed when we were removed as I have always thought the care and teaching in the maternity department was of extremely high standards.

“I now feel confident to qualify in September this year and hope that I will be able to work as a qualified midwife at Pilgrim and continue to build a career in midwifery.”

NMC acting chief executive and registrar Jackie Smith said: “We are pleased that sufficient progress has been made to begin the phased return of student nurses.

“The student midwives have already started the phased return and this is going well. Our priority continues to be ensuring the learning environment is appropriate for student nurses and midwives.”