More students will be able to study nursing at the University of Suffolk this year. The University has increased the number of places available in a bid to expand the workforce and to play a part in what NHS leaders are calling a ‘coronavirus legacy’.
Dean of Health and Sports Sciences at the University of Suffolk, Paul Driscoll Evans, said “We are really pleased to be able to increase the number of students we can enrol from September. Due to the coronavirus and the recognition of how vital our nurses and healthcare workers are; the government has announced an increase in places on health courses. This aligns with the University’s ambitions to grow our health portfolio and we will be increasing the specialist facilities we have on campus to make us one of the best places to study if you want to become a healthcare professional.”
“I remain a registered nurse so I know first-hand what an incredible profession nursing is, it is much more than ‘just a job’. By being a nurse you have an opportunity to make a real difference. Our care workers provide the backbone of Britain particularly so during this current crisis and it has been hugely appreciated; never before have we seen such pride and love for the NHS and our care workers.”
NHS Chief Executive Sir Simon Stevens thanked nurses for all they have done during the ‘greatest global health emergency in NHS history’ and said now is the time to join the profession.
Chief nursing officer and University of Suffolk honorary award recipient, Ruth May, added “Nursing can be challenging but it is also the most rewarding career you can have looking after patients and their families at the happiest times in their life, such as the birth of a child, and at the some of the most difficult. I hope people, young and older, will be inspired by the amazing response of our profession to the global coronavirus pandemic and my message to them is: join us.”
Health students at the University of Suffolk split their time between attending university and being on placement at sites across the eastern region. The University is working with practice partners to increase capacity of placements which provide students with hands-on experience and skills.
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