Aspiring student nurses will be able to gain vital experience on West Suffolk Hospital’s wards after the Trust was chosen to take part in a national pilot designed to ensure future NHS staff show the highest levels of care and compassion.
The scheme will see 50 would-be nurses from across Suffolk, Norfolk and Cambridge gain up to a year’s experience as a nursing assistant before starting their
undergraduate nursing education. Of these nursing assistants, ten will work at West Suffolk.
The pilot, led by Health Education East of England, has been introduced in response to the Francis Report, which highlighted the need for prospective student nurses to have care experience and test their values and behaviours of care and compassion.
The overall aim is to further improve standards of care across the whole of the NHS.
The posts are open to anyone who wants to apply to university to train as a nurse, has little or no experience of caring, is aged 16 or above and does not have a degree or level 4 qualification.
Applicants should not have worked in a patient-facing role in the NHS or within a care setting before.
Nichole Day, chief nurse at West Suffolk Hospital, said: “We are delighted that we have been chosen to take part in this exciting project, which places us at the forefront of the very latest thinking within the NHS.
“This new scheme will give would-be nurses a golden opportunity to gain vital, frontline experience of caring for patients on the wards. As well as testing to see if they are right for the job, this will also give them a unique insight to make sure the job is right for them.
“We would encourage anyone considering a career as a nurse but has yet to gain any experience of caring to get in touch with us to find out more.”
To apply for a post, visit www.wsh.nhs.uk/PreNursingProgramme and complete the form by Monday (26 August).
Anyone who would like further information should contact Jane Croker, clinical placement facilitator, on 01284 713287, or Claire Scott, HR manager on 01284 12918.