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Pre-Degree Nursing Experience Posts Available in Derby

Pre-Degree Nursing Experience Posts Available

Published 31/01/2014
Derby Hospitals is currently recruiting aspiring nurses to work as healthcare assistants for a six-month period as part of a national pilot introduced following the Francis Report, for them to gain paid caring experience before they apply to take up an NHS-funded degree course.

Health Education East Midlands is running the pilot; working with partners at the University of Derby to pilot the scheme at the Royal Derby Hospital.

In his Inquiry, Robert Francis called for an increased focus in nurse training and education on the practical requirements of delivering compassionate care and evidence of the appropriate values, attitudes and behaviours.

Interested parties can find out more at an open day:

  • University of Derby – Saturday 1 February 10am – 3pm

Trish Knight, Director of Workforce, Education and Quality at Health Education East Midlands, said: “It’s important for aspirant nurses to get a feel of what is required of nursing and to provide compassionate care for individuals who may be at their most vulnerable.  This is in addition to giving us a chance to test whether they have the right caring attributes and values to work in the NHS”.

“We’re enthusiastic about being part of this pilot to explore and evaluate ways of ensuring the NHS recruits the right people with the right values to work for our patients. Experiencing the front line at the very beginning of their career will allow those considering a nursing career, before committing to a healthcare profession to get a first-hand understanding of patient needs”.

The pilots will be evaluated by Health Education England (HEE), for the ability to explore candidates’ insight into values and behaviours and to see whether offering these placements has any effect in reducing student attrition rates from nursing degree courses.

Participants in the pilot will:

  • be a pioneer in a new learning opportunity for people who want to go to university to train as a nurse
  • get paid to gain vital experience of caring for patients on the front line of the NHS
  • find out whether a caring career really is right for them so they can make the right choice
  • have support in their application for university to train as a nurse
  • be part of a drive to widen participation in the NHS and encourage people from a wide variety of backgrounds, no previous care experience necessary to apply.

HEE seeks to embed the missions and values of the new NHS Constitution in the recruitment and education and training of staff working in health and healthcare.

A national steering group designed the pilots. This is chaired by Sir Stephen Moss, a non-executive director of Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and a former nurse. Visit www.hee.nhs.uk to find out more about the pilot or go to NHS Jobs and follow the links below to apply for this opportunity.

Derby: http://www.jobs.nhs.uk/cgi-bin/vacdetails.cgi?selection=913283840

Vacancy Ref: 320-DCO-4080

Last Modified 31/01/2014