Newcastle Hospitals develop a ‘Growing our own’ Nurse strategy

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is delighted to announce an exciting new partnership with the University of Sunderland.  

The partnership will see the Newcastle Hospitals start their own Adult Nursing Degree Programme, allowing the Trust to train their own future nurses. Throughout the course students will experience a wide range of clinical placements within the Trust, either in the Hospitals or within one of the Trusts community services.  

Alongside placements with the Newcastle Hospitals, students will spend half of their time in the state of the art teaching facilities at the University of Sunderland. Students will be taught via lectures, seminars and workshops and will also have access to the Sunderland School of Nursing’s Living Lab which supports interactive simulation and the development of tomorrow’s nurses.

The integration of theory and practice is at the centre of the self-funded three year course which has been developed to meet the increasing demand for nurses in the UK. It is part of a new initiative to help support increasing availability and access to nursing education and although not NHS funded there are a number of scholarships available to support students.  

Students who successfully complete the degree programme will be eligible to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as a Registered Nurse (adult). Students will also be guaranteed an interview with the Trust as well as assistance with loan repayments with a one off annual payment of £500 (minus tax and national insurance) for the first 5 years of employment as a Staff Nurse.  

The first cohort of nurses are set to start in April 2017 and after being introduced to the requirements of becoming a registered nurse through completing modules in professional practice and nursing practice they’ll start their first clinical placements with the Newcastle Hospitals in July.  

There are still a limited number of places available for the programme and a course information leaflet can be downloaded here.

Any interested applicants should email studentadmin@sunderland.ac.uk and an application form and further information will be emailed to you. If you have any other queries regarding expenses, child support and grants please email nick.berry@sunderland.ac.uk

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