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More NHS staff learning and earning in apprenticeships

Posted on Wednesday 3rd April 2019
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17 Nursing Associate Apprentices have started their two year programme which will enable them to progress their nursing career in the county.

The Director of Nursing, Alison Budd highlighted the importance of this new role within the NHS and Cumbria in particular.

Alison said “We encourage our staff to take up the roll of the apprenticeship  training which helps staff develop on the job, improving the quality of care, staff retention and job satisfaction. Our staff feel valued and the apprenticeship provides career development which benefits both the individual and the Trust. We all wish them well.”

This role was introduced in 2018 to bridge the gap between health and care support workers and registered nurses. It allows support workers to build on their existing knowledge, skills and experience through a two year, practical programme, and gain a foundation degree level qualification.

The apprentices, who will study at West Lakes Campus in Whitehaven, come from a variety of community and acute NHS services across Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and North Cumbria University Hospital NHS Trust.