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Kate Harrison

Kate Harrison

Head of Placement and Student Support,
Lancashire Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Kate qualified as a nurse in 1996 and specialised in Urology, she then became a Clinical Nurse Specialist before moving into education 15 years ago.  During this time she completed a Masters in Clinical Education and gained a PGCE.  In 2008 she took up the post within Lancashire Teaching Hospitals and in partnership with the University of Bolton developed the first fee paying nursing degree programme.  She is now supporting the organisation with the development of new Clinical roles and hopes to enhance this work further with the roll out of apprenticeships.

  • 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