Want to be a nurse? Step this way

Health Care Assistant Elaine Sloan, and Matron Jacqui Dyson, left.'NHS City Hospitals, Sunderland will be piloting a scheme to encourage student nurses to spend time as Health Care Assistants before starting their nursing degree.

Health Care Assistant Elaine Sloan, and Matron Jacqui Dyson, left.'NHS City Hospitals, Sunderland will be piloting a scheme to encourage student nurses to spend time as Health Care Assistants before starting their nursing degree.

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ASPIRING nurses on Wearside are being invited to apply for a new opportunity at Sunderland Royal Hospital.

The City Hospitals Sunderland Trust is set to take part in a pilot, as part of a Government scheme, to encourage student nurses to spend time as healthcare assistants prior to beginning their nursing degree.

The Pre-Nursing Experience (Year of Care) Pilot offers paid placement and could help those hoping to go into the profession gain experience.

It is taking place at six different regions across England and involves about 200 hospitals, with up to five roles expected to be created at the Royal.

Catherine Spruce, work experience and apprentice manager at City Hospitals Sunderland, said: “We are specifically looking for people who don’t have experience of working in the NHS for this position.

“As long as you have the academic requirements to apply for nursing, but have not worked in a care or NHS setting already, then that is OK.

“It’s something that is really exciting and also quite topical at the minute.”

Working with patients will be one of the aspects of the job and the assistants will shadow senior clinical staff each week.

They will also get a qualifed nurse to act as a “buddy” and will spend time in different settings, such as a ward and in its outpatient departments.

The deadline for applications is Friday, August 23, and those applying must have the qualifications to be able to access a place on the Adult Nursing Degree course.

Interviews are expected to be held in mid-September.

To find out more, go to www.hee.nhs.uk or to apply visit www.jobs.nhs.uk.