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CSU becomes first to offer placements to student nurses

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A commissioning support unit in Yorkshire has become the first in the country to offer placements to student nurses.

NHS West and South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw Commissioning Support Unit is welcoming pre-registration nursing students into its continuing healthcare (CHC) service for community patients with complex ongoing needs.

“It adds another dimension to the quality healthcare placements circuit”

Debbie Morton, associate director of clinical services and lead nurse for the CSU, recently delivered lectures on continuing healthcare to students and lecturers at the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University.

She aimed to raise the profile of the CHC service locally and explain the benefits of CHC student placements.

Following the lectures, the CSU received four students in July for two weeks each and one student who is currently on placement for one week, said a spokeswoman for the unit.

“In September we will receive at least two students and November we expect at least eight students as part of the ongoing arrangements with the universities to support their placement programmes,” she told Nursing Times.

The CSU said it wanted to raise the “profile and understanding” of the service through active interaction with students and educators. 

“It adds another dimension to the quality healthcare placements circuit so that qualified nursing and social work staff of the future are fully aware and understand this essential arena for the populations they will serve,” the unit said.

The service’s nurses have a central role in coordinating, managing and influencing NHS-funded continuing healthcare packages for clients of all ages and carry out comprehensive assessments of need.

West and South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw CSU provides professional and business support services to 15 clinical commissioning groups across Yorkshire. It is one of 17 CSUs across the country, many of which evolved from primary care trusts.

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