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Merseyside college partners with trust on innovative new ‘nursing cadet’ programme

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A college and acute trust have announced that they are working in partnership on a number of initiatives aimed at providing nursing career opportunities for young people living on Merseyside.

Over the next month, Hugh Baird College and Aintree University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust will launch nursing cadet and pre-nursing cadet programmes, as well as other health apprenticeships.

“We are keen to recruit tomorrow’s nursing professionals through this programme”

Dianne Brown

The Nursing Cadet Programme will offer 20 students, aged 16 - 18, the opportunity to take “their first steps” towards becoming qualified nurses and healthcare practitioners, said the college.

The two organisations said students would gain a “unique blend” of theory-based study and hands on experience, as they split their time between the college and work placements across Aintree.

Successful applicants for the Nursing Cadet Programme will receive travel passes, free meals and will also be provided with kit and equipment, they noted.

The first intake of cadets will start this October and recruitment is underway now with a closing date for applications of 15 September.

“The nursing cadet initiatives we are launching are aimed at gifted, talented and driven students”

Yana Williams

In order to provide 14 year olds with the opportunity to prepare for the full cadet programme, the college and trust have worked together to establish an innovative Pre-Nursing Cadet Programme.

Based at Hugh Baird College’s 14-16 College, the programme will give students the theory, skills and GCSEs needed to move “seamlessly” onto the full programme, and also an “enriched” learning experience through masterclasses from healthcare specialists and visits to clinical settings.

Dianne Brown, the Aintree trust’s chief nurse, said: “We are keen to recruit tomorrow’s nursing professionals through this programme and we are looking forward to welcoming cadets to Aintree.

“Young people will benefit from working with a range of highly skilled health care professionals in a range of areas, including one of the most modern emergency centres in the country,” she said.

Hugh Baird College/Aintree University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Merseyside college partners with trust on ‘nursing cadet’ scheme

Yana Williams (left) and Dianne Brown

Yana Williams, principal and chief executive at Hugh Baird College, said: “We are delighted to be working together with Aintree on these exciting new developments.”

“The nursing cadet initiatives we are launching are aimed at gifted, talented and driven students who are passionate about helping others,” she said.

“By becoming a nursing cadet with Hugh Baird College and Aintree, students will be gaining a unique learning experience involving exceptional work placements that will position them perfectly to progress on to a career in healthcare,” said added.

Hugh Baird College is a further education college situated in South Sefton, Merseyside. Aintree University Hospital serves around 330,000 residents in North Liverpool, South Sefton and Kirkby.

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  • There is nothing new about nursing cadets. I was one in 1961, most schools did not take GCE 'O' levels, so this was a way into nursing. I changed uniform my 18th birthday sarting training 2 months later. It is a time where entrants who decide it isnt for them can leave, also those who dont make the grade in other ways can be weeded out & reduce fll out later in training

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