Apprenticeship scheme launched by health trusts

Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt

Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: IAN BURT

A new apprenticeship scheme which offers qualifications equivalent to a foundation degree is being launched in west Norfolk to help the next generation of nurses achieve their career aspirations.

The scheme, known as the 'West Norfolk Cohort', aims to attract nursing students to the area along with helping existing health or social care assistants to train to become registered nurses.

It is run by Queen Elizabeth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, and Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust.

There has long been a shortage of nurses in west Norfolk, particularly within mental health.

Recruits to the new scheme will complete an 18-month apprenticeship, for which places open next week.

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A drop-in session will be held at The Inspire Centre at Queen Elizabeth Hospital on Saturday from 10am-4pm.

For more information on the drop-in session contact apprentice co-ordinator Amy Haynes on 01553 214620.

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