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New nursing course approved in bid to boost east coast workforce

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A new adult nursing course is to be introduced at Coventry University’s Scarborough campus, marking the return of nurse training to the area.

Coventry University Scarborough had its new undergraduate course approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council this week and its first intake of around 25 students will be in February 2018.

“Historically we have always had difficulties attracting registered nurses to the east coast

Mike Proctor

Training for nurses was last provided in the town 23 years ago, but stopped in 1994 when Scarborough District School of Nursing closed.

In the past the area has struggled to attract staff from other regions to come and work in local trusts.

It is hoped the introduction of the new course will boost the town’s nursing workforce.

Next year a further 25 student nurses will begin training in September 2018, though the university said a second cohort the following spring would depend on the availability of clinical placements with local employers.

CU Scarborough will work with healthcare organisations including York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and other local NHS trusts and GP practices to deliver the course.

Mike Proctor, deputy chief executive at York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, said the new degree would offer new opportunities for local people.

“Giving people the opportunity to train locally will mean that those who qualify are more likely to remain in the local area”

Kay Fraser

“Historically we have always had difficulties attracting registered nurses to the east coast, so this development will offer new opportunities for school leavers and mature students to study to be a nurse right on their doorstep,” he said.

“As a trust we are absolutely committed to increasing and strengthening our nursing numbers and recruiting the correct number of staff and calibre of staff is essential to help deliver the best possible care to all patients.

“Students of today become our future workforce, so delivering high quality education, placements, preceptorships and ongoing development is vital,” he added.

Kay Fraser, head of academic studies at CU Scarborough, said: “We are delighted that our BSc adult nursing degree has been approved and we are able to bring nursing training back to the Yorkshire coast.”

“We have a considerable shortage of nurses and healthcare professionals across the area, and this important, strategic initiative will enable us to make a major impact on this,” she said.

“Giving people the opportunity to train locally will mean that those who qualify are more likely to remain in the local area, so this is big news for the entire region,” she added.

The university is hosting open days on 27 October and 1 December so that those interested in the three-year degree can find out more.

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