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UCLan Confirmed as NHS Apprenticeship Partner

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The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) in Preston has been named as the academic partner in a new training initiative being delivered by North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust (NCUH) and Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT).

Both NCUH and CPFT will recruit 20 trainee nursing associates to commence in June 2018, with the role being offered on an internal secondment basis.

This marks the third wave of recruitment for apprentice trainee nursing associates, as part of The Lancashire and Cumbria Test Site Partnership with the University acting as academic partner.

The academic aspect of the programme will be delivered by UCLan at its campus in Whitehaven, with trainees working for four days and attending university for one day per week.

Commenting on the announcement, Dr Karen Wright, Head of the University's School of Nursing, said: "We are delighted to have been confirmed as the academic partner for both trusts and to be at the forefront of apprenticeship development models within the health sector. The nursing associate role fills a vital skills gap between the role of a healthcare assistant and a graduate registered nurse while at the same time leads to the award of a foundation degree."

Those applying must have at least 12 months' experience of working in clinical healthcare. Upon completion of the two-year scheme staff will be qualified to take up to a Band 4 nursing associate role.