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This article has beendouble-blind peer reviewedIn this article…Why the nurse degree apprenticeship scheme was introducedDevelopment of a degree apprenticeship by an NHS trust and universityExperiences of members of the first cohort of apprenticesThe scrapping of bursaries for student nurses led to a 30% drop in the uptake of university nursing degree placesA nurse degree apprenticeship scheme was set up by the government in 2016 to help address the nurse recruitment crisisPoor uptake of the scheme has caused concern and led to a parliamentary inquiryA nurse degree apprenticeship scheme in Cumbria is reporting good uptake, as well as apprentice and staff satisfactionClose collaboration between University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay Foundation Trust and the University of Cumbria is seen as key to successThe nurse degree apprenticeship scheme set up by the government to address employment shortages in the NHS is the subject of a parliamentary inquiry due to slow uptake nationally. University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay Foundation Trust is one of the first to implement the scheme and is reporting high satisfaction among apprentice nurses, staff and patients. The trust is confident it will prove an effective way of growing its own committed local workforce responsive to patient and geographical need.Smith S et al (2018) Implementing the nurse degree apprenticeship scheme. Nursing Times; 114: 10, 20-22.