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Nursing and healthcare science

A nursing apprenticeship

Give your staff an alternative route to nursing registration by partnering with us for a degree apprenticeship.

It's a flexible approach to workforce development that helps you to recruit and retain a skilled workforce including for staff who deliver invaluable patient care but who mightn't have access to formal education for their role.

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Our nursing and healthcare expertise

Leading the sector in teaching and learning

We lead several London-wide and national initiatives to improve practice-based learning in nursing. Our apprentices learn through activities and events including placement and Trust inductions, student forums, teaching sessions and ward rounds. We develop our programmes in partnership with NHS Trusts and the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Our history of collaborative working

We're proud of our strong reputation of working in partnership with Trusts and other employer organisations in London. We're responsive to local needs in our approach and we make sure that service users help to design our programmes too.

What we offer students

We support apprentices with any challenges they face on and off their course with comprehensive support from academic tutors and help from our Student Welfare team. Through our programmes and employability support, we make sure apprentices have the skills they need for the future with 90% graduate employability on our nursing courses (DLHE 2017).

Profile: Kasia, Trainee Nursing Associate apprentice

“I was working as a Health Care Assistant but the role had its limitations and I have lots of aspirations. So I asked my NHS Trust employers how I could progress in my career and they told me about this apprenticeship.

“The Trainee Nursing Associate programme is a means of making my dream come true – becoming a scrub nurse. I’ve gained confidence in what I do and extended my knowledge. My fellow workers in the hospital have inspired me to meet excellence standards and provide great patient-centred care.

“I’ve had a good experience at so far. They have paid a lot of attention to us students and there is lots of detail in the training.

“My main goal in life is to do what you love. Then your job stops being just a job, and becomes a wonderful blessing.”

Degree apprenticeship programmes in nursing and healthcare science

  • Innovative opportunities for trainee nurses

    • Our pilot Trainee Nursing Associate programme employs learners as support workers in partner organisations. This is an apprenticeship style programme funded by Health Education England.
    • We recognise the work experience of support workers in entry requirements for our BSc Nursing programme through our Recognition of Prior Learning approach.
    • We've developed a unique programme for overseas nurses to gain registration in the UK and received positive attention from the London Chief Nurse.
  • Our model of learning in practice

    We're leading a project to develop a model of practice learning that can be adapted to different contexts where apprentices and students learn. STEP: Strengthening Team-based Education in Practice is HEE funded and involves practice partners and other higher education institutions in north London.

    The STEP model follows a social model of learning and takes a collaborative approach that recognises and strengthens the educational input of all team members in placement learning. It all helps to enhance the learners experience of the programme.

Profile: Lesley, Trainee Nursing Associate apprentice

“I was a Nursing Assistant for six years which I loved - it's hard work but very rewarding. I strive to be the best that I can be and to learn new skills but as a Nursing Assistant I found that my learning opportunities were limited.

“When I saw applications for the Trainee Nursing Associate programme were open, it felt like the time was right to move forward in my life and with my career.

“I’m a proud member of the first cohort of Trainee Nursing Associates from my NHS Trust and I intend to be an ambassador for the role.

“I put my heart and soul into everything I do. This is something I have wanted to do for a long while so I won't let them, the Trust, or myself down and I'm looking forward to the challenges that lie ahead.”

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