Kettering Hospital is taking part in a pilot training scheme which will see aspiring nurses get a year’s experience as a healthcare assistant before taking up NHS-funded degree courses.
The hospital is one of six across the country joining the scheme, which is open to 200 nurses-to-be across the country.
The scheme has been launched in light of an inquiry held earlier this year into the failings at Mid Staffordshire Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.
At the time, the NHS was asked to pilot a scheme whereby aspirant student nurses spend up to a year on the frontline prior to receiving NHS funding for their degree.
The aim is for participants will get paid to gain experience of patient care and to find out whether a caring career really is right for them so they can make the right choice.
Dr Lisa Bayliss-Pratt, director of nursing at Health Education England, said: “We were pleased with the level of interest we received from partners wanting to be involved in the pilots.
“The areas will be looking to recruit people who aspire to be a nurse, but have no or little experience of caring.
“It is important for aspirant nurses to get a feel of what is required of nursing and to provide compassionate care for individuals who may be at their most vulnerable. This is in addition to giving us a chance to test whether they have the right caring attributes and values to work in the NHS”.
Visit www.hee.nhs.uk to find out more about the pilot and the opportunity to participate.
A spokesman for Kettering hospital said six nurses will be joining the hospital in September as part of the scheme.
Jacqueline Davis, head of nursing for practice development at KGH, said: “This is an excellent new scheme that will give people to opportunity to find out if a career in nursing in the NHS is really a good fit for them.
“They will have a chance to do front line work on the wards, under supervision, while gaining experience of the values and working standards expected of them when they finally qualify and work for the NHS.
“They will work alongside experienced qualified nurses and learn a lot of practical skills such as supporting patients in their care needs such as washing, dressing, and eating and drinking.
“The pilot is for individuals who already have a university nursing place for 2014 or have all the requirements for it but lack experience in a caring environment.
“The pilot enables those individuals to get experience and it gives them a very realistic view of what nursing in the NHS is all about.”