Anglia Ruskin helps to build a bridge to nursing

Published: 28 October 2010 at 11:21

Anglia Ruskin announce new fast track to a career in nursing for Health Care Assistants in Cambridgeshire and Essex.

Anglia Ruskin University’s Faculty of Health & Social Care has developed a study programme to help people fast track nursing as a career.

The ‘Bridging’ course works by the condensing the first year of nursing study into a shortened period of time. The year’s work is completed in just three-months of full time study which then enables candidates to meet the requirements for entry to the branch programme of nursing which follows in the second year of study.

It is open to Health Care Assistants (HCA) with a mix of theory and clinical practice.

These students, who will have an NVQ3 in Care, or equivalent, will be offered a shortened first year of study due to the practical experience they have gained during their NVQ studies and work as a HCA. The three month bridging module helps to work on getting these students up to the academic standard expected on a Diploma of Health Education (DipHE) course. 

The course starts during November at both campuses, at Fulbourn in Cambridge, and at Rivermead campus, Chelmsford. There are 15 students starting at each location. They will be eligible for a bursary from the start date of the course and from Year 2 a bursary of around £6,000 will be provided.

The first batch of students will commence Year 2 study in April 2010. Students will either go into the adult branch of nursing or specialise in mental health or learning disability nursing.

David Atkinson, Senior lecturer and Admissions Tutor for the adult nursing programme, is convinced that this initiative will give the students more focus and direction.  He said:

“For many Health Care Assistants, the prospect of training to become a registered nurse is an increasingly attractive idea. For others, it is the obvious option but it’s just finding the right time to make it happen.”

“The bridging programme provides an ideal opportunity to develop and utilise the hard earned skills the students have developed in health care settings. The module condenses the course into a shortened period which builds on the current knowledge of the students and prepares them for their chosen specialism.  This initiative will give these nursing students the motivation and enthusiasm they will need to become a registered nurse – and ultimately get recognition within their chosen field.”

The nurse training involves a mix of theory and clinical practice.

For further information on a nurse training at Anglia Ruskin University, please contact 0845 196 4000 or