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Department welcomes first intake on new Registered Nurse Degree Apprenticeship programme

Posted on 18 March 2024

The Department has welcomed 22 learners on to their newly approved Registered Nurse Degree Apprenticeship (RNDA) course.

Group of new learners

The course allows people already working in a healthcare setting to train to become a registered nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council over three years, providing they meet the minimum entry requirements.

The learners will work and study at the same time through this degree apprenticeship. Although the course is three years, Registered Nursing Associates are able to have prior learning recognised and can complete the programme in just over 18 months.

Programme Leader Linda Currie said: “I’m extremely proud of the programme which has been designed with local healthcare employers in the area. The programme will equip learners with the necessary skills to develop their career in nursing and progress into advanced clinical roles, leadership, research or education through further study within Health Sciences.”

She continued: “It will also allow learners to experience a wide variety of placement opportunities and practice simulation opportunities, whilst being supported by experienced practice supervisors. I’m really excited to be part of their journey to become a registered nurse.“

Cathy Skilbeck, Apprenticeships Manager at York and Scarborough Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said: “We are very pleased to be working in partnership with the University of York, in the development of this Registered Nurse Degree Apprenticeship (RNDA). The Trust is a strong advocate for apprenticeships and this is an excellent opportunity for our employees to advance their career aspirations. We wish our cohort of Nursing Associates who are undertaking the RNDA through the accelerated route, the very best of luck and hope that they thoroughly enjoy this fantastic opportunity.”

Professor Kate Flemming, the Head of Department said: “I’m very proud of my colleagues in the department who, together with our practice partners, have worked extremely hard over the last 18 months to get this programme to the stage we are at today - welcoming our first intake. I wish all the learners the very best of luck and a warm welcome to our student community.”