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Irene McDade, Practice Education Coordinator, NES

NHS Ayrshire and Arran's team of Practice Education Facilitators were proud to host the annual Flying Start Ceremony at Crosshouse Hospital on the 7th September 2012.

Although events to celebrate the professional development of newly qualified nurses have long been established within NHS Ayrshire and Arran, the Flying Start Ceremony continues to evolve to ensure recognition of all newly qualified practitioners. This year's event embraced contemporary healthcare practice through the added inclusion of nurses employed via the internship scheme and Allied Health Profession colleagues. In total, fifty staff who had completed the Flying Start programme attended on the day.

Congratulations were offered by Executive Nurse Director, Fiona McQueen and   
Occupational Therapy Manager, Kerry Gilligan on behalf of NHS Ayrshire and Arran; and  Practice Education Co-ordinator, Irene McDade from NHS Education for Scotland.  Following presentation of certificates staff were invited to discuss future development opportunities with colleagues from: Clinical Improvement, Learning and Development, Library Services, University of the West of Scotland and NHS Education for Scotland.