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New Nursing Course Tackles NHS Skills Shortages

Updated: 25/08/2016

A new nursing qualification is launching at The Sheffield College to address skills shortages in the healthcare workforce.

New Nursing Course Tackles NHS Skills Shortages

A new nursing qualification is launching to address skills shortages in the healthcare workforce.

The Access to Nursing (Health Professions) Higher Education Diploma is for students who want to go on to nursing degree courses and other health professions.

Designed with Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to meet the workforce needs of the future, the one-year course enables students without traditional qualifications such as A Levels to get in to university.

Starting in September, the course will be taught by NHS professionals at The Sheffield College’s City campus, on Granville Road. It is also suitable for students who want to go straight in to work within the healthcare sector. Click here to find out more and apply now.

Lesley Rowlands, Head of Learning for Health, Education and Care, The Sheffield College, said: “Access courses provide a great opportunity for adults to return to the classroom and fulfill their career ambitions. NHS professionals will teach the course, and provide the knowledge and expertise that the nursing workforce of the future needs.”

Professor Hilary Chapman, Chief Nurse at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are delighted to have played a leading role in developing this course in partnership with The Sheffield College. Our Trust has a successful track record in training, nurturing and developing a strong and effective nurse workforce for the future. This is a vital step forward in ensuring that the nursing workforce of the future has the appropriate level of skills, knowledge and ability to meet the rising demand for healthcare services.”

Access courses enable adult learners to gain credits recognised by colleges, universities and employers. Some students may also be eligible to apply for a 19+ Advanced Learner Loan.

Paul Corcoran, Chief Executive, The Sheffield College, said: “We are delighted to be working with the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals to develop the nursing talent needed both here in the city, and across the UK.”

He added: “This is an exciting example of how we can work together with large employers to design and deliver innovative courses that address their essential training and skills requirements. This partnership will help transform the lives of people in Sheffield.”

Places are still available on access and other courses starting this September. Visit www.sheffcol.ac.uk/courses or call 0114 2602600.