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Nursing Apprenticeship


So you want to be a Nurse?

The opportunity is closer than you think!

Following the introduction of the Governments Apprenticeship Reforms (England) in April 2017, the Trust is embracing the variety of opportunities arising from this new funding through enabling and supporting individuals on the route to a great career.

We are delighted to be able to offer Nursing apprenticeships during 2021 in partnership with the Open University. 


Nursing Associate Apprenticeships (NA)

Higher Apprenticeship in Nursing Associate Practice (Level5) Duration 2 years

The Nursing Associate is a highly trained support role to deliver effective, safe and responsive nursing care in and across a wide range of health and care settings. Nursing Associates work independently and with others, under the leadership and direction of a Registered Nurse within defined parameters, to deliver care in line with an agreed plan. Nursing Associates will have a breadth of knowledge and a flexible, portable skill set to serve local health populations, in a range of settings across the lifespan. The Nursing Associate works within all aspects of the nursing process, taking account of the perspectives and pathways of individuals, their families and/or carers providing holistic and person—centred care. They will support the Registered Nurse in the assessment, planning, delivery and evaluation of care. You must uphold the NMC code and meet the NMC requirements for continuing registration.

Completion of the apprenticeship will lead to a license to practise regulated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Please see the following links for further information about the NA


Registered Nurse Degree Apprenticeships (RNDA)

We are offering specialisms in Adult Nursing BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing (Level 6) and Mental Health Nursing BSc (Hons) Mental Health Nursing (Level 6). In addition to the above we are also offering for 2020 the following specialisms (subject to approval) in BSc (Hons) Children and Young people Nursing (Level 6) and BSc (Hons) Learning Disability Nursing (Level 6).

Registered Nurses are a key part of the multidisciplinary team that meet the health and care needs of patients and service users. You will be at the centre of team that can include other health and social care professionals. You will use your expertise to assess, plan and implement and evaluate care, putting the needs of patients and service users first. You will be responsible and accountable for your work and for reviewing the effectiveness of your actions. You will be expected to demonstrate leadership qualities whatever your role and you may manage and lead colleagues. You will responsible for ensuring your own knowledge and skills are up to date, and support the development of learners and entrants to the profession. You must uphold the NMC code and meet the NMC requirements for continuing registration.

On completion of the apprenticeship you will meet the qualification requirements to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Please see the following link for further information about the RNDA



RNDA Cohort 2018 



Entry Requirements

In order to apply for either a Nursing Associate or Registered Nurse Degree Apprenticeship you will need to meet the following criteria:

  • Evidence of recent care experience in an appropriate setting on a regular basis.
  • An acceptable attendance record, and not been subject to any formal disciplinary or performance management which has been upheld during the last five years.
  • Evidence of a Level 3 study (applicable to Healthcare). Examples include: A Levels, Access to Higher Education (HE), Level 3 NVQ or equivalent, or a non-clinical level 3 completed in a health care setting.
  • Evidence of Continuous Professional Development in the last 3 years.
  • Achieved acceptable Maths and English qualifications e.g. GCSE's A-C or 4-9, Functional Skills L2, Key Skills L2. Maths and English qualifications that are embedded within another qualification such as an NVQ or Access Certificate are not recognised or accepted, they must be independent qualifications.
  • Evidence of a consistent, positive and motivated demeanour in the workplace in line with the 6C’s of Nursing.
  • Motivation and commitment to make the most of this learning opportunity and develop a passion for excellence in evidence based care.

If you are successful at interview any offer will be conditional subject to the following:

  • Successful completion of the Care Certificate Portfolio.
  • Satisfactory pre-employment checks. OH Clearance, DBS and References spanning 3 years.
  • Successful completion of pre-course learning


What next?

If you haven’t got recent care experience you may wish to consider:

  • Applying to our Nursing Bank for the role of Health Care Support Worker
  • Undertaking Work Experience and/or Volunteering

Please see the following link for further information

If you require any further information please contact:

James Barclay – Learning and Development Officer 

Christine Sloper - Learning and Development Assistant 

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