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New Nursing Associate Trainees begin course in Bedfordshire

April 4, 2017

A new course which will train over 40 Nursing Associates to support healthcare in Bedfordshire has been officially launched.

The Nursing Associate Trainees is a new member of the nursing family and part of the plan to expand and diversify the NHS workforce. The trainees will be highly trained and work alongside Clinical Support Workers (CSW) under the supervision of a registered Nurse to deliver hands-on patient care.

Bedford Hospital NHS Trust will lead the partnership with a number of organisations such as: University of Bedfordshire, Luton and Dunstable Hospital, East London Foundation Trust and Cambridge Community Services NHS Trust to deliver this two year groundbreaking training programme.

The trainees gathered at the University of Bedfordshire’s Luton Campus this week for a special launch event to mark the beginning of their training.

Tracey Brigstock, Acting Director of Nursing and Patient Services for Bedford Hospital said, “We are delighted and privileged to be a lead partner to deliver this training as this a great opportunity to shape the future of nursing and assist in addressing some of the recruitment challenges we currently face. I know the students will gain valuable practical experience as part of this training programme, which will include placements in both acute and community settings.”

Nursing Associate Trainees, Hannah and Eloise who are CSWs at Luton and Dunstable Hospital said: “We are very excited to start this amazing opportunity to study at university and pursue our career ambitions at the same time.”

Clare Alden-Salter, a CSW from Bedford Hospital said, “This training programme is a dream come true for me. I’m really looking forward to learning and maintaining my passion in delivering high quality care to patients at their bedside.”

Tony Fontenelle – Learning Disability Liaison Support Worker at Bedford Hospital also said, “After 17 years of working for the NHS in a variety of roles it feels fantastic to finally be pursuing my dream of become a Nurse. I never thought that this opportunity would arise and I cannot wait to start learning and developing new skills to enhance the care I provide to my patients.”