NHS trust guarantees job to mental health nursing students
Pilot programme will see University of Brighton graduates offered a role at Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, where many students undertake their clinical placements
Mental health nursing students at a university in the south east of England will have a guaranteed offer of a job in the NHS when they graduate as part of a new pilot programme.
Successful graduates currently in the final year of their three-year course at the University of Brighton will be offered a position at Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (SPFT) without the need for an interview.
The university says the initiative will strengthen its longstanding partnership with the trust, where many students undertake their clinical placements as part of their course.
Nurturing future ‘skilful, thoughtful mental health practitioners’
University of Brighton vice chancellor and former registered nurse Debra Humphris said: ‘If there’s ever a time in the world where we need skilful, thoughtful mental health practitioners it’s now. We’re proud that our students can be the future workforce for our local NHS partners, which is nothing less than they deserve.’
Mental health nursing students at the university spend around 50% of their time on placement, working within mental health recovery, in-patient mental health services, with older adults in the community and on inpatient wards, and in child and adolescent mental health services.
Trust chief is a big champion of the students
SPFT chief executive and registered mental health nurse Jane Padmore said: ‘I am personally committed to championing all the mental health nursing students at the University of Brighton and ensuring they have a guaranteed job in the trust, when registered.
‘The three years of their training is a time for us to support them to ensure they find their place in the trust.’
The initiative has also been introduced to the newest cohort of mental health nursing students at the university’s Falmer campus.
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