Published: 11 August 2017 at 11:40
Anglia Ruskin is one of the first universities to offer degree apprenticeships in nursing
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:
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: