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Jacqueline Higham

Jacqueline Higham

Head of Widening Participation and Apprenticeships,
Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Jackie trained as an adult nurse in April 1999. Her nursing background was in Accident and Emergency where she worked for 9 years. Jackie has also studied Forensics completing her Forensic Physicians course in 2007. Prior to becoming a nurse Jackie was a swimming teacher so a natural progression in her nursing career was into education. Jackie became a Clinical educator in 2008 and gaining her postgrad diploma in Clinical education in 2012. Jackie has written several access programmes some of which have won National awards and been published as examples of best practice with HEE and GMC. In the near future Jackie will be developing and expanding apprenticeship programmes across Lancashire NHS.

  • 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