Nursing Associates will bridge a gap between Nursing Assistants and Registered Nurses to deliver additional hands-on care.
The contract, from a consortium of healthcare providers in Sussex and Surrey, will provide for around 90 apprenticeships with consortium members during 2018, and up to around 280 over the life of the contract which runs until March 2021.
The first Nursing Associates started their apprenticeships this week at the university’s School of Health Sciences and will spend around 40 per cent of their working time attending taught sessions or on placement.
Professor Paula Kersten, the university’s Head of the School of Health Sciences, said: “I’m delighted that we are playing a central role in developing apprenticeships with our partners in the NHS. They enable us to offer different pathways to suit learners’ needs, and a highly responsive solution for employers.
“Colleagues in the school have developed the new Nursing Associate apprenticeship in close collaboration with employers. These apprentices will study alongside our established apprenticeship programme for Assistant Practitioners, and fill an important gap in the local workforce.”