Back to the books for recruits on new nursing apprenticeship at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn

The QEH in King's Lynn has launched the Nursing Apprenticeships. Picture: Ian Burt

The QEH in King's Lynn has launched the Nursing Apprenticeships. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

The first recruits of a new NHS nursing apprenticeship scheme have started their journey towards their dream career.

The QEH in King's Lynn has launched the Nursing Apprenticeships. Picture: Ian Burt

The QEH in King's Lynn has launched the Nursing Apprenticeships. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

The apprenticeship was launched earlier this year by the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) in King's Lynn with Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) and Norfolk Community Health and Care (NCHC).

The three organisations have come together with the University of Suffolk to provide the course which is the equivalent of a foundation degree, with a chance to study further to become a registered nurse.

A total of 25 people have joined the higher apprenticeship scheme and had their first day on Monday, September 11.

Tracey Wood works in the rapid assessment team for the NCHC and said the 18-month course fit perfectly around her family life.


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'It's perfect timing, the boys are in high school now and it's good to get the brain going again.' She added.

Apprentice Sarah Michell, a health care assistant at the QEH, hopes the apprenticeship will open new avenues in the future and help her go on to train as a nurse. Lucy Baker, who works on the crisis team for the NSFT, joined the scheme to learn more about the different roles available in nursing.

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She said: 'You can specialise in different areas and learn the different roles and importance they play.

'I want to be a mental health nurse but I'm not sure, hopefully work placement will help with that.'

The course aims to provide the apprentices with the knowledge and experience they'll need to qualify as an assistant practitioner.

Apprentices will attend the QEH one day a week for lectures in a range of subjects and will be placed on a placement rotation in a number of departments.

It is hoped the new initiative will encourage more people to join the profession and boost the number of nurses working in West Norfolk.

QEH chief executive Jon Green said: 'This is a fantastic initiative. The staff at the QEH are our life and blood and this sort of scheme is exactly what we need for our staff and our patients.'

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