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Nigel Davies, Principal Lecturer (Nursing), University of East London (CONFIRMED)

  • Outlining the current landscape of nursing apprenticeships in the aftermath of the House of Commons Education Committee’s ‘Nursing Degree Apprenticeships: In Poor Health’ Report
  • Exploring the RCN’s vision for apprenticeships in England as outlined in the ‘Nursing Apprenticeships 2019’ report, including addressing pay rates for nursing apprentices and opportunities for the apprenticeships levy to be used for nurses
  • Sharing best practice examples of health and educational organisations providing high-quality learning schemes for apprenticeship nurses, as outlined in the ‘Helping Students Get the Best from Their Practice Placements’ report
  • Examining the future of nursing/nursing associate degree apprenticeships, including the need for a new workforce strategy and investment to ensure a sustainable route into the profession

Gill Coverdale, Professional Lead for Education Standards and Professional Development, Royal College of Nursing (RCN) (CONFIRMED)

  • Understanding the challenges from the perspective of the apprentice, the employer and the teaching team
  • Exploring implementation and monitoring of protected learning for nursing associates
  • Showcasing success to further promote the nursing associate role

Adam Layland, Associate Dean for the Faculty of Health & Life Sciences, Coventry University (CONFIRMED)

  • Exploring the CUH Nursing Apprenticeship Pathway, one of the first pathways to provide the option of a 4-year apprenticeship scheme allowing students to earn while they learn before becoming a registered nurse
  • Outlining how the model is made possible by utilising the apprenticeship levy and creating close collaborations with educational institutions
  • Highlighting the key benefits of the pathway including its status for social mobility in attracting applicants from diverse and disadvantaged backgrounds due to the ‘earn while you learn’ aspect of the pathway
  • Providing guidance for hospitals and colleges who are developing nursing apprenticeship pathways including the need to invest heavily in personal support such as mentors, pastoral and student support

Vanessa Anderson, Apprenticeship Programme Manager, Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) (CONFIRMED)
Cate Morgan, Senior Nurse for Pre & Post Registration, Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) (CONFIRMED)

  • Exploring the University’s three-year apprenticeship route to registered Nursing Degree which has an applied Advanced Standing of 50%
  • Demonstrating how this approach can provide an additional pathway to the award and NMC registration, within their current pre-registration nursing framework
  • Presenting the early findings of a realist evaluation research study exploring the student experience during their programme

Dr Julie Derbyshire, Senior Lecturer, Department of Nursing, Midwifery & Health- Northumbria University (CONFIRMED)
Dr. Debbie Porteous, Associate Head of Department Department of Nursing, Midwifery and Health- Northumbria University (CONFIRMED)

  • Demonstrating how to address the key skills gap within a trust by developing the ‘workforce of the future’ and using the Apprenticeship Levy to focus on funding higher-level and more wide-ranging standards to account for the specialisms needed
  • Analysing how the trust utilsied the funding to do this by introducing a Level 3 pre-nursing apprenticeship as a clear route to the nursing profession
  • Allowing apprentices to progress their nursing qualifications further, by negotiating with local universities to consider the apprenticeship in the entry requirements for its nursing degree
  • Advising others aiming to recruit more nursing apprenticeships to include both new recruits and those who have come in as healthcare assistants, allowing for greater inclusivity

Kate Harrison, Head of Placement and Student Support, Lancashire Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (CONFIRMED)
Jacqueline Higham, Head of Widening Participation and Apprenticeships, Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CONFIRMED)

  • Outlining the NMC’s education standards with emphasis on the standards for student supervision and assessment, including effective practice learning, the programme standards and the standards of proficiency for registered nurses and nursing associates
  • Highlighting key requirements for training providers to successfully deliver a Nursing Degree Apprenticeship (NDA), such as preparing standards for student supervision and assessment
  • Consider the impact new NMC standards may have on current students and the wider health and education sectors, such as training providers needing to seek re-approval for their programmes against new standards
  • Exploring the NMC’s Quality Assurance Framework and the impact this will have on improving the Standards of Nursing/Nursing Associate Apprenticeships Programme

Sue West, Senior Nursing Education Advisor, Nursing and Midwifery Council (CONFIRMED)

  • Outline the development of the various Nursing Apprenticeships and the changes implemented to the End Point Assessment process in 2019
  • Outline the HASO Apprenticeship Implementation Toolkit, which is designed to support employers through the process, end to end, from setting out an organisational strategy through to having apprentices in the workplace. The toolkit provides advice and guidance including the development of organisational strategies, recruitment of apprentices, available funding and how it works through to choosing a training provider.
  • Briefly explore the Functional Skills Toolkit for Aspiring Trainee Nursing Associates which provides guidance on English and Maths entry requirements for Nursing Associate training

Angelo Varetto, Head of National Occupational Standards, Qualifications and Apprenticeships, Skills for Health (CONFIRMED)

  • Analysing how to efficiently spend the levy which led to retaining current employees and served the community by providing a rural area with greater job opportunities and long-term job security
  • Highlighting key challenges including attempting to get top-level staff on board with nursing apprenticeships due to misconceptions around what apprentices can offer
  • Demonstrating the main factor in ensuring nursing apprenticeships are delivered successfully including through internal communication through posters, YouTube videos and using outpatient screens to promote apprenticeships
  • Outlining the trust’s future plans to continue investing in a local workforce through nursing apprenticeships by continuing to strengthen ties with Higher Education Institutions, as well as other local public sector organisations with apprenticeships

Tracey Whale, Lead Clinical Educator, East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust (CONFIRMED)

  • Exploring initial evaluation and lessons for success: Nursing associate apprenticeship programme for primary care in east London
  • Outlining the evaluation framework used which focussed on four areas: student engagement, impact, value and sustainability
  • Demonstrating how using a mixed methods approach including a student survey, clinical educator and practice manager feedback, helped the scheme’s success
  • Analysing challenges such as small employer access to the apprenticeship levy, widening access and entry qualifications for the existing health support workforce and demonstrating how such challenges are being overcome
  • Posing the question to the audience of what has worked in their region or instruction and what challenges do they face?

Nigel Davies, Principal Lecturer (Nursing), University of East London (CONFIRMED)

  • Exploring the pioneering apprenticeship for Nursing Associates, in collaboration with Middlesex University, Camden and Islington NHS Trusts and others which started as a pilot programme providing pathways for healthcare assistants who may have encountered barriers to career progression
  • Emphasising the benefits of the programme which helps reduce pressure on NHS staff and trusts overall by supporting registered nurses and retaining current staff at the trust
  • Outlining the key benefits of an STP wide approach to the development programme

Paul Marijetic, Education Manager, Royal Free NHS Foundation Trust (CONFIRMED)

*Programme subject to change

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