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Apprentices become staff nurses

19 June 2020


Our first two-year nursing apprenticeship learners have just completed their course and are now working at the James Paget as staff nurses.

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The first cohort started in February 2018 after we offered apprenticeship opportunities to those who had a foundation degree in health care, with the aim of encouraging health care assistants and others with an interest in nursing to apply to progress their careers.

Head of Education and Practice Development Sharon Crowle said; “The apprenticeship pathway is a true example of growing our own. Many of the group came in as entry level apprentices and have progressed through the different steps in order to become Staff Nurses.

“We are immensely proud of them and thank them and those who have supported them along their journey. This pathway provides individuals with an exciting career progression opportunity supporting our patients and building our workforce.”

James Paget Director of Nursing Paul Morris said; “It is wonderful to see the staff now progressing from apprentice to Registered Nurses. Nursing is a truly wonderful career and is full of opportunities to progress and develop new knowledge, experiences and skills. It is great to see the trust supporting staff to grow and develop to their full potential and help us to provide high standards to care to our community.

“I am deeply proud of our staff and those qualifying, and those who have supported them along their journey.”

Paul Driscoll-Evans, Dean of School of Sports & Health Sciences at theUniversity of Suffolk, said; “The University has been pleased to work in partnership with the James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in the delivery of the Nursing Degree Apprenticeship programme.

“We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the Apprentices who have successfully completed their studies to become Registered Nurses. They have worked incredibly hard and have been a credit to both the University and the Trust.

“We wish them every success in the future and look forward to continuing to work with the Trust to support future cohorts.” 

(Photo taken pre-social distancing).