Student nurses in Leeds will soon be getting on-the-job work experience in GP surgeries, after a medical practice was awarded the first contract to co-ordinate placements across the city.
Leeds Student Medical Practice, backed by NHS Leeds West Clinical Commissioning Group, will become the city’s first Advanced Training Practice hub after it was awarded the contract by Health Education Yorkshire and the Humber.
“We also hope that this will encourage more student nurses to consider a career as a practice nurse”
This means it will now be responsible for co-ordinating student nurse placement across GP practices in all three Leeds CCGs, as well as providing admin support.
“It is fantastic that the practice won the contract to be the first ATP hub in Leeds,” said Gil Ramsden, lead practice nurse at NHS Leeds West CCG.
“We hope this new model will further improve and modernise the education that student nurses receive in Leeds and contribute to the quality of care for the patient,” she said. “We also hope that this will encourage more student nurses to consider a career as a practice nurse.”
The ATP scheme offers student nurses the chance to get first-hand experience of working in a GP practice as well doing placements in acute and community care
The hope is this new model of nurse education will ensure nurses get more experience of conditions they may not come across in other healthcare settings plus a greater understanding of prevention work.
The ATP hub contract in Leeds is funded by the city’s three CCGs – NHS Leeds West, NHS Leeds North, and NHS South and East – in partnership with Health Education Yorkshire and the Humber, which established the ATP scheme in the region.