Innovative new degree programme for Nursing

Posted on Wednesday 7th January 2015

The University of Bolton, in partnership with Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, has launched an innovative undergraduate nursing degree course.

The unique partnership means the Trust and the University are the first in England to offer student nursing places that are not commissioned by Health Education England.

Each year 50 places will be available on the three-year full-time programme, developed to tackle the shortage of nurses within the Trust.

The first 25-student course intake will join the University in February 2015. They will be the first nursing students in England to fund their studies through the student loan system.

After successful completion of the course, each graduate will be given the opportunity to take up a Trust entry-level staff nurse post.

The course, which has been built on the University’s 30-year experience as a healthcare professional courses provider, includes a wide variety of teaching and learning delivered by staff from both the University and the Trust. Teaching will include lectures, workshops, one to one tutorials and ‘on the job’ training with hospital staff during clinical placements.

Professor George E Holmes, Vice Chancellor of the University of Bolton, said: ‘Our University is committed to working in partnership to develop innovative career-focused learning programmes and so we are very pleased to be working with such a forward-thinking Trust. This degree programme is a first in this country. These will be the first self-funding nursing students who will apply through UCAS and be funded through the student loan system.’

Jane Howarth, Academic Group Leader for Health at the University of Bolton, said: ‘Our non-commissioned BSc (Hons) Nursing (Adult) has been developed in response to the Trust’s direct approach to us, to help them tackle projected workforce shortages. Each year we will take 50 nursing students through every aspect of best care training for the Trust on a rigorously tested degree programme which is part of our well established professional health courses portfolio.’

Sue Reed, Nursing Director at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: ‘We are delighted to have co-designed this innovative course with the University of Bolton and we hope that this will help us develop caring and compassionate nurses of the future. We have worked closely with the university to develop a detailed education programme and we look forward to helping to develop fantastic nurses who will be a real asset to our patients.’

Karen Swindley, Workforce and Education Director at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: ‘This is a great example of the NHS working in a completely new way to tackle workforce challenges.  We are passionate and committed to developing quality assured education and we have a history of success with the delivery of the undergraduate medical programme.’