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1 August 2018

Innovative academy launches to train new nurses for Kent

A new academy has launched today (1 August) offering two training programmes for people eager to join Kent’s army of nurses.

The Nursing Academy, from Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust (KCHFT), is offering a four-year degree-level course for anyone who wants to become a registered nurse (RN) and a two-year course to become a nurse associate (NA).

The courses are an innovative route into nursing where you can learn while you earn and combine work-based and academic learning, while being employed as a healthcare assistant for KCHFT. There is no cost to the student.

Both courses are fully accredited by the Open University and are thought to be the first of their kind in the UK to be hosted by a community NHS trust.

KCHFT Chief Nurse Ali Carruth said: “We are delighted to be able to offer the nurse degree programme in our trust.  As one of the largest community trusts in the UK, we can offer an unparalleled opportunity for caring individuals to gain vital experience in a wide variety of clinical disciplines.

“Our community hospitals take patients with a number of clinical conditions and needs and our district teams see people with these conditions in their own homes or in local care homes. Our services are nurse and therapy-led, which means we can treat our patients holistically and establish a relationship with them, their carers and their families.

“We trust our nursing teams to take decisions in the best interests of patients and because of this they become exceptional all-round clinicians. Progression in the trust is also encouraged and many of our senior managers have been developed and promoted from within our teams.”

Twenty five people for each pathway will be appointed in the first wave and we will be recruiting internal and external candidates, ready to start in February 2019.

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