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Trainee Assistant Practitioners boost for North Cumbria

Posted on Monday 5th September 2016
Trainee Assistant Practitioners boost for North Cumbria

17 new trainee assistant practitioners are set develop their career at North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust in September.

The new role is being run in partnership with the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) and the students will spend one day a week training at their Westlakes campus in Whitehaven. The other four days will be spent learning practical skills on the wards at both the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle and West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven, working alongside doctors, nurses and radiographers.

An assistant practitioner is a new role, created to bridge the gap between healthcare assistants and registered practitioners, i.e. nurses and therapists. It allows health care assistants and other non-clinical staff to progress into a clinical career without the need to take time off for full time study. All of trainees are internal candidates, many of which are currently working as health care assistants at the Trust. It gives a clear career path for healthcare workers who want to progress their career further.

The programme includes a range of academic and work-based modules designed to cover a range of skills and knowledge required by support staff working under supervision. The programme structure includes core modules as well as specialist modules.

They will be mentored by senior nursing and radiography staff throughout their two-year traineeship and they will experience the fundamental principles of good, compassionate care.

Anna Stabler, deputy director of nursing, midwifery and allied health professionals, said: “The Trust has worked hard to introduce this new role and it really shows the great progress we are making in our partnership with the University of Central Lancashire.

“Assistant practitioners are a welcome addition to the team and everyone is looking forward to when they start their training in September.”