Apprenticeships will help healthcare providers 'grow their own'

Published: 11 August 2017 at 11:40

A nurse on a hospital ward

Anglia Ruskin is one of the first universities to offer degree apprenticeships in nursing

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A new apprenticeship will help to address shortfalls in nursing staff by allowing current healthcare employees to study for a nursing degree.

Anglia Ruskin University is one of the first English universities to receive approval from the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) for its Registered Nurse Degree Apprenticeship in child, adult or mental health nursing.

The course begins in September and will run alongside the Assistant Practitioner Higher Apprenticeship as Anglia Ruskin responds to the growing demand for nurses in the East of England and beyond.

Recent figures provided by the NMC suggest that the number of nurses and midwives leaving the profession has risen by 51% in the past four years. It is hoped degree apprenticeships can help existing healthcare staff gain the skills to rise up the ranks and achieve nursing registration for a long-term career.

Professor Lisa Bayliss-Pratt, Director of Nursing, Health Education England (HEE), said:

“It is fantastic to see the nurse apprenticeship route being offered at Anglia Ruskin University. The development of the nursing degree apprenticeship standard is a key element of developing flexible routes into nursing for our health and care workforce.

“HEE is taking a lead on supporting public sector apprenticeships in healthcare through the Trailblazer process, increasing the number of new apprenticeships in healthcare by working collaboratively with NMC, Council of Deans, Skills for Health and higher education institutions across the country.”

Anglia Ruskin’s courses have been developed in partnership with healthcare employers in the region, allowing people the option to use their life experience to apply for a nursing career and achieve both academic and professional qualifications, widening accessibility to internal employees who are seeking to develop their career paths.

Professor Ruth Taylor, Dean of the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education at Anglia Ruskin University, said:

“We are proud to be building on our existing partnerships with healthcare providers around the region by offering these pioneering qualifications alongside our three-year, full-time nursing programme.

“I am delighted that we are one of the first universities to be providing this Government-backed initiative, and this course will help ensure employers in the region can ‘grow their own’ workforce. Our focus will be on providing a high-quality educational experience that enables learners to develop into the nurses of the future.”