New career path with nursing apprenticeships in Shropshire, says boss

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Here at the trust, we are always looking for ways to encourage our colleagues to advance in their careers.

We have now created a career path for our colleagues to realize their dream of becoming registered nurses by introducing the “complementary” registered nurse degree apprenticeship program.

Our Health Care Assistants (HCAs) now have the opportunity to progress into the Nursing Associate (NA) role before completing the “top-up” RN apprenticeship program and qualifying to become a RN.

HCAs can initially undertake a two-year Trainee Associate Nurse (TNA) program to become an Associate Nurse.

Our ANs play an essential and valuable role in working with nurses and integrated care teams to provide safe, quality care.

Nine ANs joined the Top-up program at the University of Wolverhampton last December and 10 more were recruited to start in July.

Good luck to all who are to start the program. I am very proud of all of my NA colleagues because I know they are passionate about their role and the care they provide to our patients.

I see such enthusiasm from HCAs wanting to grow and progress and we are thrilled to be able to offer them the opportunity to become registered nurses by successfully completing the diploma apprenticeship.

You can learn more about two of our NAs on our trusted website – Anita Chant-Clift who was part of the first cohort to start the Top-up program and Cheryl Walker who will start the program in July. You will see from their stories that nursing is in their blood and they worked hard to achieve their ambition to become registered nurses.

Last week, Baroness Finlay of Llandaff officially opened the £2million eye care unit at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital (RSH).

Part of the unit is the Cataract Suite, which is named after Tony Barker in recognition of his 37 years of continuous service as Honorary Treasurer of RSH’s League of Friends (LoF).

The LoF has donated nearly £200,000 for the department’s medical equipment and clinical furnishings and I would like to echo the words of the Baroness at a plaque unveiling when she said the amount raised by the LoF was amazing.

The work of the LoF is incredible and they raise huge sums thanks to the generosity of all of you.

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