Implementing the nurse degree apprenticeship scheme

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The scrapping of bursaries for student nurses led to a 30% drop in the uptake of university nursing degree places

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A nurse degree apprenticeship scheme was set up by the government in 2016 to help address the nurse recruitment crisis

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Poor uptake of the scheme has caused concern and led to a parliamentary inquiry

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A nurse degree apprenticeship scheme in Cumbria is reporting good uptake, as well as apprentice and staff satisfaction

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Close collaboration between University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay Foundation Trust and the University of Cumbria is seen as key to success

The 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.

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Smith S et al (2018) Implementing the nurse degree apprenticeship scheme. Nursing Times; 114: 10, 20-22.

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