A new adult nursing course is due to be introduced at Coventry University’s Scarborough campus, marking the return of nursing education to the region.
Coventry Scarborough University had its new undergraduate course approved by the Council of Nurses and Midwives this week and its first class of around 25 students will take place in February 2018.
âHistorically, we have always had difficulty attracting RNs to the east coast.
Nursing education was last conducted in the city 23 years ago, but ended in 1994 when the Scarborough District School of Nursing closed.
In the past, the region has struggled to attract staff from other regions to come and work in local trusts.
It is hoped that the introduction of the new course will boost the city’s nursing workforce.
Next year, another 25 nursing students will begin their training in September 2018, although the university said a second cohort the following spring would depend on the availability of clinical placements with local employers.
CU Scarborough will work with healthcare organizations including the York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and other local NHS trusts and GP practices to deliver the course.
Mike Proctor, deputy managing director of the York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, said the new degree would open up new opportunities for locals.
“Giving people the opportunity to train locally will mean that those who qualify will be more likely to stay in the local area”
âHistorically, we have always had difficulty attracting registered nurses to the east coast, so this development will provide new opportunities for school leavers and mature students to study to become a nurse on their doorstep,â he said. -he declares.
âAs a trust, we are absolutely committed to increasing and strengthening our nursing workforce and recruiting the right number of staff and caliber of staff is essential to help provide the best possible care to all patients.
âToday’s students are becoming our future workforce, so providing high quality education, internships, preceptorship and continuing development is essential,â he added.
Kay Fraser, Head of University Studies at CU Scarborough, said: âWe are delighted that our BSc Diploma in Adult Nursing has been approved and we are able to bring nursing education back to the Yorkshire coast. “
âWe have a significant shortage of nurses and health professionals across the region, and this important strategic initiative will allow us to have a major impact on this,â she said.
“Giving people the opportunity to train locally will mean that those who qualify are more likely to stay in the region, so this is great news for the whole region,” she added.
The university is holding open days on October 27 and December 1 so that those interested in the three-year degree can find out more.