New health academy for next generation of nurses

The first group of students from a new partnership between a health trust and university have started their hospital placements.

North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust is working with the University of Sunderland to deliver the BSc (Hons) in adult nursing practice for pre-registration student nurses (adult field) through its own health academy.

Brian Smettem, Hannah Simpson, Andrea Short and Naomi Jessop (pictured with practice placement facilitator Karen Smith) are starting their inductions this week at the trust.

Julie Lane, director of nursing, patient safety and quality, said: “I would like to warmly welcome the first group of student nurses to join us through this exciting new nursing health academy with the University of Sunderland. This will supplement the work we already do with Teesside university in training and developing our local workforce.

“Through this partnership, student nurses will have their clinical placements in the trust and some of the teaching will take place on site.
“Clinicians will be involved in teaching both theory and practice this is a fantastic opportunity for both the students and our staff to develop their knowledge and skills

“I’d like to wish good luck to our first cohort and hope they have long and successful careers with us.”

Once students have completed the programme they will be guaranteed an interview for a staff nurse post.

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