The importance of local intelligence to help inform national support

 Claire Reynolds 19 Feb 2019

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I sit on the UK Learning Reps Committee and I'd be grateful if anyone experiencing an issue or concern relating to the learning  elements of your role would let me know what it is. That would be really helpful.  

If I know about a barrier to learning or another issue in the ground I will feed that information into our regular meetings, but if you don't tell me, I'll never know.

I work for Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation trust at Lanchester Road Hospital in the Learning Disabilities in patient assessment and treatment unit. 

I am the ward manager there so I support the team clinically and operationally. I have been a learning disability nurse for 23 years and I love every minute of it.

I decided to become active as I have a passion for developing myself and others and I had heard about the role of the learning representative. I initially moved into this role in order to support individuals going through the capability procedure which I felt was a negative process and I wanted to make it more positive as I believe that everyone can develop and should be given the opportunity to do so. 

I went for the UK Learning Representatives Committee seat following discussions with Karen Dutton, the former Northern reginal member on that committee. She inspired me to take the next step in my learning rep role as I wanted to be able to make a difference for nurses and the education of our workforce. 

I observed a meeting last year and that cemented my decision as I saw the work done behind the scenes and also how Congress fits into all areas. 

I have now attended my first meeting and I remain impressed with the work and look forward to working on some exciting projects over the coming years. 

Currently some of issues being raised by members are around the NMC standards for nurse education, the different routes into nursing and the  impact of this on current workplaces and mentors of nurses especially in light of our current campaign relating to safe and effective staffing. 

I was extremely pleased when I found out that I had been successful in getting this place on the committee and represent the Northern region 
and this then led me to putting myself forward for a seat on the  Northern board as this felt like a natural progression and would 'join up' my role within this region. 

Please email me with any learning experience issue, no matter how small, and I'll feed it into the proper channels. 

My email address is

Claire Reynolds

Claire Reynolds

UK Learning Representatives Committee Member, RCN Northern Board member, County Durham and Darlington Branch Treasurer

Ward Manager

Claire is the Ward Manager of the Learning Disabilities Patient Assessment and Treatment Unit, Lanchester Road Hospital, Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust.

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