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Apprenticeship scheme launched by trust for ‘aspiring nurses’

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A Norfolk hospital says it has developed a ground-breaking apprenticeship scheme as part of efforts to “grow its own” workforce and tackling staffing shortages.

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital King’s Lynn NHS Foundation Trust is offering up to 12 places on its new Aspiring Nurses Apprenticeship, which it says offers an alternative route into professional nursing qualifications.

“Our new initiative has been developed as part of the trust’s sustainable nursing strategy to continue to maintain staffing levels on wards,” said director of HR Gerry Dryden.

“This new route into a nursing career is particularly beneficial to aspiring nurses who do not want to train on the more traditional path,” he said.

During the 52-week programme, students will spend four days per week learning in the hospital environment and one day studying for a Diploma in Health and other qualifications in IT, literacy and numeracy and employment rights.

“Our new initiative has been developed as part of the trust’s sustainable nursing strategy”

Gerry Dryden

While on the programme, participants will be encouraged to apply for potential positions at the Queen Elizabeth when their course ends.

Applicants must be aged 16 or over and ideally have five good GCSEs grades A to C including English and Maths.

They must not already have a Level 4 qualification or above, or have a degree.

Mr Dryden said the programme was among a package of initiatives to recruit new nurses.

“So far this year the trust has continued recruitment programmes overseas and has held several nurse recruitment events in King’s Lynn and nearby towns,” he said.

“This latest opening only further seeks to employ people from the local community and I look forward to welcoming ambitious budding nurses to the trust in September,” he added.

The Norfolk initiative follows moves nationally to look at providing healthcare assistants with a fast-track into registered nursing, due to the current nurse shortage.

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  • Well well. So here we go round again with the old Nursing Cadet scheme. This was always popular,the students maintained their interest in nursing and gained qualifications.
    Even better would be a good practical training scheme aka Enrolled Nurse or Licensed Practical Nurse. Many excellent potential nurses are lost forever as they can't reach the entry qualifications for RN training and don't want to be HCA's. Whether we like it or not to have a nurse title is important to people and whilst I know (and taught HCA's ) who do a great job they often have to work above their capabilities and from a workforce planning point are so much cheaper to employ

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  • michael stone

    Ignoring whether this is 'reinventing history', it is the sort of 'innovative thinking/approach' which needs to be evaluated in the fullness of time - give it a go, and then see how it pans out.

    Although I'm not quite sure how these two really fit together:

    'Applicants must be aged 16 or over and ideally have five good GCSEs grades A to C including English and Maths.'

    'and one day studying for a Diploma in Health and other qualifications in IT, literacy and numeracy and employment rights.'

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  • Britain has talent. We do have a shortage of nurses and excellent HCA staff. We need to do something even if it is re-inventing the wheel in a different format. loads of young people need to be given a chance.
    Don't forget without a good team behind the organisation it can fail due to burn out . So if that means new schemes ,so be it

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