South Island Workforce Innovations

Gerontology Accelerated Programme (GAP) Pilot

This pilot, currently underway in Canterbury, supports the development—both professional and academic—of  six motivated registered nurses already working in older people’s health (four from CDHB AT&R and Medical, one from BUPA and one from Ultimate Care Group) who have the potential to be future clinical leaders, specialists or managers.

The pilot involves “job swaps” between CDHB and the two aged care facilities. Each of the six nurses will have two 12 week clinical rotations where they will step in and fill the shoes of their fellow GAP nurse while staying on the payroll and pay conditions of their home employer.  Each GAP nurse is also expected to complete Otago University’s postgraduate gerontology paper and advanced health assessment paper.  This programme has the potential to be rolled out regionally and nationally.