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Advanced practice courses in children's nursing are booming but budget cuts could threaten their future

London South Bank University's RCN-accredited advanced nurse practitioner course has seen numbers nearly double over the past three years and many predict a role for community nurses in light of the lack of child health-trained professionals in general practice. Places could be threatened by imminent funding cuts although a scheme by some NHS trusts to offer advanced clinical practice as an apprenticeship could be the answer.

London South Bank University's RCN-accredited advanced nurse practitioner course is creating new opportunities for children's nurses.

Vicky Nash has been busy. She runs London South Bank University’s children’s advanced nurse practitioner course – the only Royal College of Nursing-accredited MSc dedicated to children in the UK.

Over the past three years the numbers of students taking part has almost doubled from 40 a year to 75. ‘The interest has been phenomenal,’ says Ms Nash. ‘We’ve got people coming from all over. There is one student who flies in from Belfast each week.

‘We get some nurses funding themselves. But NHS trusts are putting in money too – either paying for the full cost of the course or part-funding it with the nurses.

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