United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust commences new Nursing Cadet Apprenticeship

Posted on 10th October 2017


More people will be able to take their first step towards a career in nursing in Lincolnshire, thanks to an exciting new project.

In August 2017, United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust launched a recruitment bid to attract fresh new talent to a programme which will see 14 nursing cadet apprentices join Pilgrim Hospital at Boston in October.

This new role will see the cadets work across various wards and departments in order to gain a thorough understanding of the basics of care.

The programme will incorporate the new Healthcare Support Worker Apprenticeship Standard qualification.

The introduction of the nursing cadet apprentice role is part of a comprehensive new nursing workforce development pathway launched by the Lincolnshire Talent Academy in conjunction with its NHS partners.

Whilst advertised locally, the programme has gained national interest due to its innovative approach to growing local talent.

Claire Flavell, Strategic Lead for the Academy said: “With a shortage of nurses across the country, it’s vital that we look at how we can grow and nurture our own local talent within Lincolnshire.

“The nursing cadet programme provides individuals with an entry route into nursing, which offers opportunities for progression from cadet through the various roles up to registered nurse, utilising the apprenticeship programme and our fast track progression routes.

“This really is a great way to start a career in nursing.”

The Lincolnshire Talent Academy was set up in 2015 to work with schools and colleges and help kick-start an interest in people who are perhaps thinking about following a career in the NHS within Lincolnshire. However there is no age limit on applications.

Claire added: “Our vision is to create a talent pipeline of aspiring individuals who are supported to fulfil their potential within the Lincolnshire health and care community. The creation of our Nursing Cadet programme provides the foundation for our future nursing workforce.”

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