The Nursing and Midwifery Council has approved a degree course in adult nursing at the University of East London.
The university will be running the course as a partnership with Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and North East London Foundation NHS Trust.
“At present there is no local provision for pre-registration nursing”
The course will be 50% theory and 50% learning in the clinical environment, with students working alongside qualified nurses and clinicians.
Regulatory approval for the pre-registration nursing programme was a two-step process – the first being approval of the institution itself and the second being for the actual programme.
The former was given earlier in the year and the latter was given this week, enabling the university to deliver its new BSc (Hons) Nursing (Adult) course from January 2018.
Charmagne Barnes, dean of the university’s school of health, sport and bioscience, said: “I am absolutely delighted. This programme is not just important to the school, but to the university and the community of east London as a whole.”
By training local people for local jobs, the university said it hoped that the new course would go some way to addressing the acute shortage of nurses in East London.
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Ms Barnes, herself a qualified nurse, added: “At present there is no local provision for pre-registration nursing within East London.
“With our NHS partners, it is anticipated that that by recruiting onto the course from the local community, the future workforce will be supplied by locally educated nurses who will stay in the area and contribute to the health economy,” she said.
In obtaining the approval, Ms Barnes praised the work of Sharon Elliot, the school’s head of nursing and simulated learning, and its associate dean Fiona Edwards.
The approval comes as some universities around the country have begun to cut their nursing course sizes and applications are down by 23%, in the wake of the scrapping of the bursary in England.
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