The University of Wolverhampton plans to double the number of placements for adult student nurses that it offers through links with Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust.
The move forms part of ambitions to develop the healthcare workforce, including nurses, in the county of Shropshire.
“The partnership has been instrumental in developing our nursing workforce agenda”
Primarily, the university and trust are developing more opportunities for nursing students to train and gain clinical placements within the Shropshire and Telford area.
Students on the BNurs (Hons) Adult Nursing programme who currently train at the university’s Wolverhampton Campus have been able to undertake placements in Shropshire and Telford since January this year.
There are now plans to “grow” the numbers of student nurses undertaking placements in the trust’s hospital and community settings across the county, said the university.
It plans to double the number of placements over the next 12 months, it told Nursing Times.
A spokeswoman for the university said: “We have nine placements across hospital and community settings for September 2018 and our intention is to continue to build capacity and grow this, with an aim of around 20 placements in September 2019.”
In addition, they are working to roll out a successful clinical fellowship programme pioneered with the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust to boost the recruitment of doctors.
“Our approach is all about securing a regular supply of trained and updated health professionals”
There are also plans to enhance management and leadership through the delivery of continuous professional development (CPD) programmes.
Trust chief executive Simon Wright said: “In the last two years, our partnership with the University of Wolverhampton has strengthened.
“The partnership has been instrumental in developing our nursing workforce agenda and has resulted in an increase in adult nursing trainee placements, the introduction of paediatric nurse placements and the successful implementation of our nursing associate programme,” he said.
“We are delighted to be working with the University of Wolverhampton and see our relationship continuing with the introduction of new roles in our NHS,” he added.
Professor Geoff Layer, vice-chancellor of Wolverhampton University, said: “We are delighted to be increasing our partnership with Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust.
“Our approach is all about securing a regular supply of trained and updated health professionals to meet local needs,” he said.
“We are developing the practice partnership to create more placements and quality learning opportunities for nursing students, alongside the academic aspects of our courses,” he noted.
New student nursing placements to be offered in Shropshire