Unique opportunity to train as a nurse

Northumbria University student nurses at North Tyneside Hospital at the launch of a new course with in partnership with Northumbria Healthcare NHS Trust who will train staff working in supporting roles in the Trust to become fully qualifed nurses. It is believed to the first course of its kind in the country, and has been developed in partnership to help the trust overcome issues in recruiting staff.Pictured is Alison Machin, Department of Healthcare, Northumbria University (left) and Debbie reap Interim Executive Director of Nursing, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (right).  #NorthNewsAndPictures/2daymedia
Northumbria University student nurses at North Tyneside Hospital at the launch of a new course with in partnership with Northumbria Healthcare NHS Trust who will train staff working in supporting roles in the Trust to become fully qualifed nurses. It is believed to the first course of its kind in the country, and has been developed in partnership to help the trust overcome issues in recruiting staff.Pictured is Alison Machin, Department of Healthcare, Northumbria University (left) and Debbie reap Interim Executive Director of Nursing, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (right). #NorthNewsAndPictures/2daymedia

People with a healthcare background are being given the chance to train to be nurses in the North East on a unique programme.

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and Northumbria University, Newcastle, have teamed up to give those with substantial healthcare experience and academic study in the nursing and healthcare sector the chance to become nurses in 18 months.

Starting this March, the full-time work-based course will lead to a BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies/Registered Nurse (Adult) degree, recognised by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

In what is believed to be the first of its kind in the country, the self-funded course is a mix of classroom-based teaching-simulated clinical skills and hands-on practical experience in hospitals and the community across Northumberland and North Tyneside.

Given the recruitment challenges facing the NHS, the Trust has invested heavily in the programme in a bid to help ease workforce pressures in the future. Successful applicants may be eligible to receive an individual Trust scholarship of up to £5,000.

Applicants will be put through a rigorous application and assessment process with strict criteria to determine their previous experience and suitability, before being shortlisted for the programme.

Successful candidates will have the chance to apply for a job with the Trust.

To apply, visit www.northumbria.nhs.uk/nursecourse

The 2017 intake, open to the general public, follows the success of the first cohort of the course in March 2016, which saw 10 Trust staff who had previously worked in nursing-assistant roles or similar take their first steps to becoming nurses.