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17 November 2017
A new and more flexible route into the field of nursing at Cambridge University Hospital was celebrated yesterday (Thursday 16 November).

A total of six health care support workers were presented with certificates after successfully completing the new Pre-Registration Nursing Degree, which involved on the job training combined with day release at Anglia Ruskin University.

Celebrating degree success

The idea was that the students, who were among 16 who completed the degree over three or four years, could “earn while they learn”, instead of taking out a big loan to go to university with the hope of securing a job at the end of it.

The degree pilot, which supports the trust’s policy of growing its own talent, was such a success it will now be rolled out on an on-going basis. 

The event, at the hospital’s Deakin Centre, was also an opportunity to congratulate health care support workers who have achieved the new national Care Certificate. Since it was rolled out nearly 880 have successfully achieved the certificate, which helps staff to deliver safe, effective and compassionate care.

There to congratulate staff were chief executive Roland Sinker, chief nurse Ann-Marie Ingle, director of workforce David Wherrett and representatives from wards, departments and the Trust’s employee development department.

Associate Director of Organisational Development, Karen Clarke, said: “This was not just a proud moment for the staff, but for the Trust as a whole. We have a policy of growing our own talent and that was certainly in evidence today.

“Of course there are lots of other opportunities at the Trust, which employs more than 9,000 people. These include our apprenticeship schemes in areas ranging from business administration to customer care. Anyone interested need only get in touch.”  

To learn more visit www.cuh.nhs.uk/addenbrookes-hospital

Our picture shows chief executive Roland Skinner and chief nurse Ann-Marie Ingle (third and fourth from left) congratulating (left to right)  Adrian Olaru, Luke Gerrard, Nadine Beckwith, Glenn Chapman, Amy Wherlock and Melissa Soer.