Anneliese Dodds meets new Nursing Associates for National Apprenticeship Week
Monday, 10 February 2020
Anneliese Dodds MP visited Oxford Brookes' Headington Campus on Friday (7 February 2020) as the University welcomed its 200th Nursing Associate.
The visit took place during National Apprenticeship Week (3-7 February 2020) and saw the Oxford East MP meeting with the latest cohort of Nursing Associate apprentices.
We have worked closely with our healthcare partners to develop a robust and evidence based-apprenticeship and the Nursing Associates who study with us become compassionate, confident and supportive healthcare professionals.Caroline Hardy, Senior Lecturer and Course Leader
The Nursing Associate Higher Apprenticeship has been heralded as a major contributor in attracting new nurses and in helping to support staff shortages in the healthcare system.
First launched at Oxford Brookes in late 2018, the initiative broadens the routes into working in healthcare and helps both new and existing NHS employees take the next step in their career by developing their skills, knowledge and experience.
Caroline Hardy, Senior Lecturer and Course Leader for the Nursing Associate Higher Apprenticeship at Oxford Brookes University, said: “We were pleased to be provide Anneliese Dodds with an opportunity to meet our newest Nursing Associate students and hear how they are at the forefront of this key development in nursing education.
"We have worked closely with our healthcare partners to develop a robust and evidence based-apprenticeship and the Nursing Associates who study with us become compassionate, confident and supportive healthcare professionals. This new route is already making a real difference to healthcare in Oxfordshire, Wiltshire and beyond and we were very proud to have welcomed our 200th Nursing Associate during National Apprenticeship Week.”
Anneliese Dodds also had the opportunity to view the new labs and teaching spaces in the transformed Sinclair building as part of her visit.
The Nursing Associate role was developed after Health Education England’s Shape of Caring review in 2015 which identified a gap in skills and knowledge between health and care assistants and registered nurses.
Nursing Associates gain a vast number of skills, backed up by knowledge and theory. This allows them to provide care to people of all ages and in a range of settings within health and social care. Once qualified, nursing associates are able to provide highly skilled, evidence-based support for nurses, enabling them to focus on their complex care duties.
It is one of a range of degree apprenticeships now offered by Oxford Brookes, which also includes architecture, senior leadership in business and social work courses.
Read more about how one student overcame health challenges to succeed on an Oxford Brookes University Architect Apprenticeship Degree on the University's newspages.
More information, including courses provided at Oxford Brookes’ Associate College Partners, can be found on the University’s website.