New year will bring new routes into nursing

Nursing degree apprentices, and nursing associates, will change the landscape of the profession.
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In September 2017, the first nursing degree apprentices are due to be working on wards in England.

This new cohort will combine degree-level training with working over at least four years.

The controversial new entry route for nursing education was announced by health secretary Jeremy Hunt in November. He claimed that the current routes shut out ‘the most caring, compassionate staff’.

The universities of Derby, Gloucestershire, Greenwich and Sunderland are due to start offering the course in September.

Planning stage

The details about how this will happen are being finalised by universities, employers, the Department of Education and the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), which regulates all nurse education courses.

Significant issues to be worked out include approval for the final assessment point, and nursing degree standards.

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