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First step on ladder for nurse apprentices

Posted on 8/06/2018 by

Nursing Students

Cambridge University Hospitals has celebrated the first intake on its new nurse apprenticeship programme.

The 21-strong ‘class of 2018’ were welcomed by director of workforce, David Wherrett, and chief nurse, Ann-Marie Ingle, before gathering on the clinical school staircase for a photograph.

CUH is one of the first trusts to adopt a new nurse graduate apprenticeship scheme, meaning students can earn while they learn.

They will get paid £15,404 a year, have tuition fees paid by the Trust – leading to a BSc (Hons) Nursing Degree – and work in a world-famous hospital while sampling student life at Anglia Ruskin University during day release.

The first intake consists of Healthcare Support Workers and Theatre Support Staff  who already work at CUH and have more than 72 years’ experience between them.  Future cohorts, totalling100 apprentices each year, will draw on candidates from outside the trust too.

David told the group: “Today Ann-Marie and I want to say how proud we are that you are on the nursing apprenticeship programme and reiterate how essential you are to the Trust’s success.  We are delighted to support your journey to become a registered nurse and work with us in that role”

Ann-Marie added: “This pathway has been designed to provide a balance of practical nursing skills and academic knowledge to enable you to provide quality care to our patients.  This exciting programme will support our Registered Nurse recruitment and contribute to our highly skilled clinical workforce at CUH.”

Professor Ruth Taylor, Dean of the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education, at Anglia Ruskin University, said they too were looking forward to welcoming the students.

She added: “Anglia Ruskin is one of only a handful of higher education providers offering degree apprenticeships in nursing, having started in September 2017, and this group has lots to look forward to. The apprenticeship provides a valuable combination of university tuition combined with hands on hospital experience.”

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 About Cambridge University Hospitals

Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) is one of the largest and best known hospitals in the country, delivering high-quality patient care through Addenbrooke’s and the Rosie Hospitals. CUH is a leading national centre for specialist treatment for rare or complex conditions and a university teaching hospital with a worldwide reputation.

CUH is a key partner in Cambridge University Health Partners (CUHP), one of only six academic health science centres in the UK, and is at the heart of the development of the Cambridge Biomedical Campus (CBC), which brings together on one site world-class biomedical research, patient care and education.  As part of the Campus development, Papworth Hospital is creating a bespoke, purpose-built hospital, and AstraZeneca is building a new global R&D centre and corporate headquarters.  The Campus is one of the government’s 11 National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) comprehensive biomedical research centres. 

About Anglia Ruskin University

Anglia Ruskin is an innovative global university, brimming with ambition.  Students from 177 countries gain qualifications with us in four continents.  Students, academics, businesses and partners all benefit from our outstanding facilities; we’ve invested £100 million over the last five years and plan to invest a further £91 million over the next five years.

Anglia Ruskin’s Research Institutes and five faculties bridge scientific, technical and creative fields.  We deliver impactful research which tackles pressing issues and makes a real difference, from saving lives to conserving water.  Our academic excellence has been recognised by the UK’s Higher Education funding bodies, with 12 areas classed as generating world-leading research. 

We are ranked in the world’s top 350 institutions in the 2018 Times Higher Education World University Rankings, and in 2016 we featured in a list of the 20 “rising stars” in global Higher Education compiled by strategy consultants Firetail.

Source: Cambridge Network