Features

Breaking through: a bright spot in the nurse apprentice scheme

The nurse apprentice scheme has had a faltering start nationally but an initiative in Cambridgeshire is achieving success, with 22 healthcare support workers now having qualified

The nurse apprentice scheme has had a faltering start nationally but an initiative in Cambridgeshire is achieving success, with 22 healthcare support workers now having qualified

The government had hoped to see 1,000 apprentices a year working and training to become registered nurses, but the planned revolution has had a faltering start. However, one initiative, similar to the national scheme, is achieving success.

In Cambridgeshire, the first cohort of 22 healthcare support workers (HCSWs) completed their apprenticeships to become nurses in September.

Students worked three days a week on their usual jobs while undertaking an 18-month course on day release with Anglia Ruskin University. University fees were covered by Health Education England, and trusts continued to pay their staff at band 3 level during the degree pilot.

Showing them they’re valued

The students were drawn from a number

...

Want to read more?

Unlock full access to RCNi Plus today

Save over 50% on your first three months:

  • Customisable clinical dashboard featuring 200+ topics
  • Unlimited online access to all 10 RCNi Journals including Nursing Standard
  • RCNi Learning featuring 180+ RCN accredited learning modules
  • NMC-compliant RCNi Portfolio to build evidence for revalidation
  • Personalised newsletters tailored to your interests

This article is not available as part of an institutional subscription. Why is this?

Jobs