New apprenticeship courses in full swing


Nurses starting their apprenticeship at UWE
Nurses starting their apprenticeship at UWE

37 health and social care staff from across BNSSG have embarked on our new apprenticeship programmes in recent months.

15 local health care support workers have taken the first step to becoming registered nurses by beginning their two year Nursing Associate apprenticeship at the University of the West of England. The foundation degree course, which leads to Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) registration, will help trainees carry out vital roles within our organisations to support existing registered nurses.

A further 22 staff from nursing and allied health roles have also begun a two year master’s degree to develop their advanced practice. This will help staff with career development opportunities and the ability to take on higher levels of responsibility. This is part of an ambitious Healthier Together project to train over 100 Advanced Clinical Practitioners in the next three years.

Jane Bennett, Director of Nursing at Avon Local Medical Committee, who has been instrumental in coordinating the apprenticeship approach for primary care in the region, said: “Advanced Care Practitioners are a vital part of the primary care team. They improve access to services for patients and are proven to provide safe and effective care.”

Developed and funded through the Healthier Together partnership, these apprenticeship opportunities are just the start of plans to help support and develop our local workforce. You can find out more about local health and care apprenticeship opportunities on our Apprenticeships page