Reducing Pre-registration Attrition and Improving Retention (RePAIR) fellows update

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At the beginning of December, the south east welcomed three new RePAIR fellows on a 12-month secondment.

The RePAIR fellows who joined us were Teresa Buchan, AHP Occupational Therapist, Malebogo Koakae, AHP Occupational Therapist, and Jenny Milnes, Specialist Community Public Health Nurse.

The HEE RePAIR Fellows will be delivering this work supported by Canterbury Christ Church University and will engage with a range of stakeholders across health and care systems with a focus on the practice placement learning environment. With a focus on the practice placement learning environment, they work with systems to identify and support interventions needed to ensure more nurses, midwives and AHPs students complete their studies.

Over the past month, our three RePAIR Fellows have developed and agreed their work plans for each of the region’s STPs and ICSs which were presented to the RePAIR SE Regional Delivery Group on 10 February.

Each of the fellows will oversee two of the region’s six STP/ICSs:

  • Teresa Buchan – Hampshire and Isle of Wight; Surrey Heartlands Health and Care Partnership
  • Malebogo Koakae – Kent and Medway; Sussex Health and Care Partnership
  • Jennifer Miles – Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire & Berkshire West; Frimley Health and Care

Engagement and communications plans are in development with support from the south east stakeholder engagement and communications team. The fellows will scope supervision support and models, building on 2019/20 results and some focus on specific groups such as mental health and maternity.

This month, a project aimed at supporting the transition of second and third-year students into employment has begun in collaboration with an organisation which develops bespoke programmes . 

A further project will be analysis of communication and procedures to obtain feedback from learners, and scoping of early-career and preceptorship support with students from the BAME community – a focus on the student voice in the approaches to ascertain their needs and experience in practice placement.

The RePAIR project is looking to create a community of practice.

For more information about their work, please contact the RePAIR team: