by Dave Barry
Nursing training is set to return to Scarborough for the first time in 23 years.
Coventry University, with approval from the Nursing and Midwifery Council, is to deliver a BSc adult nursing degree at its campus in the town.
There haven’t been any full or part-time degree courses that cover both practical and theory since 1994, a spokesman states.
“Scarborough Hospital has supported with bits of training, but previously students have had to go out of town for the theoretical side of the degree”, says Alex Wainwright.
The three-year course was approved without conditions following a rigorous two-day inspection from the NMC.
The university was praised for its high-quality documentation and the passion and enthusiasm of stakeholders, Alex adds.
Starting in February, the course will address the shortage of qualified nurses and healthcare workers along the Yorkshire coast.
It will include 50% theory and 50& practical work through placements.
The university will work with health-care partners including York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, other NHS trusts and GP practices.
Mike Proctor of the York trust said: “As a trust, we are absolutely committed to increasing and strengthening our nursing numbers. Recruiting the correct number and calibre of staff is essential to help deliver the best possible care to patients. Students of today become our future workforce, so delivering high-quality education, placements, preceptorships and ongoing development is vital.
“Historically we have always had difficulties attracting registered nurses to the east coast, so this development will offer new opportunities for school leavers and mature students to study to be a nurse right on their doorstep”.
A nursing taster day will be held on 1 December.