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More frontline NHS nurses to be locally trained in Cornwall

More frontline NHS nurses to be locally trained in Cornwall

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 6:21am 21st May 2020.

More frontline NHS nurses are going to be trained up in Cornwall, thanks to a new partnership.

The Royal Cornwall Hospital, Truro and Penwith College and Greenwich University has joined forces to help boost nursing numbers in the Duchy.

It has resulted in new apprenticeship qualifications being offered and a new state-of-the-art hospital simulation suite that will allow nurses to train locally.

Over 100 Nursing Associate positions – a new role created by the NHS to bridge the gap between a Healthcare Assistant and a registered nurse – are set to be filled when the first cohort of healthcare assistants from RCHT begin their two-year Apprenticeships at Truro and Penwith College in June. 

The higher-level Apprenticeships are University of Greenwich Foundation Degree qualifications, allowing learners to study programmes from one of the leading nursing universities in the UK without leaving Cornwall, and fulfilling the need for more nurses on the frontline of Cornwall’s NHS.

The aim of the new programme is that it will provide career pathways and a sustainable workforce in Cornwall.

Treliske health hospital

Truro and Penwith College is the first and only non-university to join the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s (NMC) list of approved education providers.

As well as this allowing the creation of new courses, the College will invest in a new state-of-the-art hospital simulation suite at Truro College, with a £100,000 grant coming from the University of Greenwich to expand and develop the healthcare partnership in the future.

“With this partnership with the Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust and the University of Greenwich, the College is now in a position to offer higher-level degree Apprenticeships locally in Truro to meet the workforce need in nursing related careers.”

The College’s Director of Partnerships, Teaching and Learning Andy Stittle

“We are delighted to be working in partnership with the outstanding team at Truro and Penwith College. Nursing Associates are a vital part of the nursing team in both health and social care settings and so developing their role is an exciting step forward for us here in Cornwall.

“Increasing opportunities to ‘earn while you learn’ releases the potential of local people, particularly the young, to commence fulfilling careers in both health and social care.”

Kim O’ Keeffe, Joint Director of Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professions at RCHT and CFT

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About the courses and qualifications:

The NMC report confirming the qualification approval highlighted the College’s focus on its students, the enthusiasm of staff, commitment to the programme, innovative approaches to learning and the work being done to tackle a local skills shortage as reasons for awarding the endorsement.

Tutors delivering the training all possess extensive nursing experience and many continue as registered nurses within the NHS along-side their teaching careers.

Students on the Nursing Associate Level 5 qualification will be joined in September by a third cohort studying another new healthcare qualification in Cornwall, the two-year Level 3 Senior Healthcare Support Worker Apprenticeship. The College has already started delivering this programme to 20 members of staff currently working at RCHT.

This programme is available for those with no previous experience as an opportunity to start their careers in one of five specialist areas; adult nursing, maternity, children and young people, mental health, theatre support or allied health professions.

The College’s ESF RISE project is providing funded support to help the nurses develop their study skills ahead of starting the course.

The new qualifications mark the start of a considerable investment in the skills and development of Cornwall’s healthcare workforce.

The College is also developing level 6 programmes (equivalent to a BSc Hons degree) with RCHT and the University of Greenwich and plans to offer these before the first group of Nursing Associates complete their training. This will provide a direct route that allows learners to work as fully qualified registered nurses.

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