Apprentices take a new path into healthcare with Oxford Brookes…

Wednesday, 28 November 2018

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Over 100 students are beginning the new Nursing Associate Higher Apprenticeship at Oxford Brookes this academic year, with the first cohort having already arrived.

I never thought I’d be an apprentice at my age, but hopefully this programme will allow people of all ages a chance to further their careers in healthcare.

Andrea Watson, Nursing Associate Apprentice

The Nursing Associate Higher Apprenticeship 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 are very excited to be part of a new development in nursing education. We have worked very closely with our healthcare partners to develop a robust and evidence based-apprenticeship. The Nursing Associates who study with us will be compassionate, confident and supportive. This new route will make a swift and concrete difference healthcare in Oxfordshire, Wiltshire and beyond.”

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 will allow 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.

Andrea Watson, one of the new Nursing Associate students at Oxford Brookes’ Swindon campus, said:

“I applied for the apprenticeship as I have always wanted to further my skills and knowledge, but have never been in the position to give up full-time work. So when this opportunity came around, I had to take it – who knows, it may even be the next step towards becoming a registered paediatric nurse!

“Being able to use what I’ve learnt at University the very next day at work is a great way cement new knowledge. I never thought I’d be an apprentice at my age, but hopefully this programme will allow people of all ages a chance to further their careers in healthcare.”

Jane Smart, another new student at the Oxford campus, added:

“I have chosen this apprenticeship because I want to make a greater contribution to the team I work in.  By developing my clinical skills and underpinning this with knowledge, I will improve the quality of the care I give to patients. I look forward to taking on greater responsibility and being able to share my knowledge and experience with colleagues in the future.”

More information about the Nursing Associate Higher Apprenticeship can be found on the Oxford School of Nursing and Midwifery webpages.