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Second year of recruits join fast-track Northumbria nursing degree

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A second cohort of students in Northumbria has begun a fast-track nursing degree that was launched last year as a “unique partnership” between a university and an NHS trust.

The 18-month full-time adult nursing course was claimed to be the first course of its kind by Northumbria University and Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, which set up the programme in March 2016.

It is aimed at students who already have “substantial experience” in the nursing and healthcare sector, and who have previously studied.

As previously reported by Nursing Times, a total of 10 students took part in 2016 and a further 10 are now on the course this year, having started in March 2017. 

The group will learn through a combination of classroom-based teaching of simulated clinical skills, as well as practical experience in hospitals and the community across Northumberland and North Tyneside.

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is paying the fees for the students to undertake the degree and guarantees them an interview with the trust once they graduate.

“Due to success of the first course we are delighted to extend the programme to a further group of nursing students,” said Professor Pam Dawson, associate pro vice-chancellor for strategic workforce planning and development at Northumbria University.

“The course with Northumbria Healthcare is a real trail blazer with other NHS trusts and higher education institutions now following in our footsteps,” she said.

“Due to success of the first course we are delighted to extend the programme to a further group of nursing students”

Pam Dawson

“Northumbria University has a long-standing excellent reputation for delivering high quality innovative nurse education and training,” she said. “This programme uses a new approach of workplace-based coaching to support student nurses’ teaching and learning, keeping quality of patient care at the forefront.” 

Debbie Reape, interim executive director of nursing at Northumbria Healthcare NHS FT, said: “Our 18-month nurse training programme caused quite a stir in the nursing world when it was launched in March last year and we are delighted with how our recruits are progressing.”

“Like every trust in the country we continue to face recruitment challenges and we are passionate about building on our strong foundations of nurse training and playing our part in developing the workforce of the future,” she added.

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  • Same scheme has worked well in Swansea since 2009. It is a great way of recognising and rewarding the skills & knowledge of health care support workers.

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