A new fast-track nursing qualification designed to help students from less academic backgrounds prepare for degree education is due to start in Sheffield.
The course is a partnership between Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Sheffield College, and is intended to “address skills shortages in the healthcare workforce”.
“Access courses provide a great opportunity for adults to return to the classroom”
The Access to Nursing (Health Professions) Higher Education Diploma is a one-year course enabling students without qualifications such as A-levels to get to university, they said.
Access courses enable adult learners to gain credits recognised by colleges, universities and employers. Some students may also be eligible to apply for a 19+ Advanced Learner Loan.
Starting in September, the course will be taught by NHS professionals at college’s City campus. It is also suitable for students who want to return to practice within the healthcare sector, they added.
Lesley Rowlands, the college’s head of learning for health, education and care, said: “Access courses provide a great opportunity for adults to return to the classroom and fulfill their career ambitions.
“NHS professionals will teach on the course, and provide the knowledge and expertise that the nursing workforce of the future needs,” she said.
Meanwhile, Professor Hilary Chapman, chief nurse at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, said: “We are delighted to have played a leading role in developing this course in partnership with The Sheffield College.
“This is a vital step forward in ensuring that the nursing workforce of the future has the appropriate level of skills, knowledge and ability to meet the rising demand for healthcare services,” she said.
Paul Corcoran, chief executive of The Sheffield College, added: “We are delighted to be working with the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals to develop the nursing talent needed both here in the city, and across the UK.”