Apprenticeship scheme for the next generation of nurses

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A new apprenticeship scheme is being launched to help the next generation of nurses achieve their dream career. 

The West Norfolk Cohort aims to attract nursing students to work in the area along with helping health or social care assistants to train to become registered nurses.

Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust (NCH&C), The Queen Elizabeth Hospital and Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust have joined forces on the scheme which, it's hoped, will increase the number of nurses working in west Norfolk. 

Potential candidates will be able to learn more during a drop-in session at the Inspire Centre, close to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital roundabout, on Saturday, 4th March, from 10am to 4pm. 

Debbie Beresford, NCH&C's Deputy Director of Nursing, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for nursing students to get experience in the world of work and to recognise the opportunities available to them. 

"We're really excited to be supporting this project and offering these opportunities for the future workforce of the NHS.” 

Nursing students are being encouraged to complete their training at health organisations in west Norfolk, with the hopes of attracting them to work in the area after their qualification. 

Emma Hardwick, Director of Nursing at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, said: “Nursing is an incredibly rewarding career and offers a wealth of opportunities for people to progress and make a difference. 

“We are pleased to work with our partners to offer this exciting opportunity.” 

Band 2 or 3 health or social care assistants, who work for any of the three trusts, also have the opportunity to complete an 18-month higher apprenticeship, which is the equivalent to a foundation degree. This course is being delivered by the University of Suffolk and the next course is due to start in June with recruitment being advertised from March. 

Existing or newly recruited workers will undertake face-to-face learning before demonstrating what they have learned on the wards and in the community. They will also have the opportunity to continue their employment as an Assistant Practitioner or continue their studies to become a Registered Nurse. 

For more information on the drop-in session contact Talent for Care Coordinator Georgia Apsitis on: 01603 272592 or email: Georgia.apsitis@nchc.nhs.uk 

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