Using guidelines to support secondment: a personal experience


Helen Dryden
Practice Educator Marie Curie Delivering Choice The Tayside Project Ashludie Hospital Monifieth DDS 4HQ UK


Background  Secondment is recognized as a method of staff development and can offer both individuals and organizations structure and flexibility in relation to service development.

Aim  This article describes the experience of a clinical nurse specialist (CNS) seconded 3 days a week for 18 months to a Macmillan Education Unit, as an associate lecturer (the host organization). Different types of secondment are discussed, mapping this experience to Partnership Information Network guidelines.

Evaluation  A 360° evaluation process involving all key stakeholders was carried out, and highlighted positive aspects.

Conclusion  Secondment is recommended as a valuable and safe method of staff development, increasing knowledge and skills, raising motivation and aiding retention, provided guidelines are adhered to and strategies are in place to mitigate risks.