New healthcare cadets take first steps in their nursing career

A group of healthcare cadets have walked through the doors of Scunthorpe and Grimsby hospitals as they embark on the first step towards a career in nursing.

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The new healthcare cadets

The 10 students are the first cohort on a new course at John Leggott College (JLC), which is creating a whole new career path into nursing.

The aim of the joint venture between Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust and the college is to create local jobs for local people.

The healthcare cadets, who are all between 16 and 18 years old, will learn the skills needed to become healthcare assistants over two years.

Demi Walker, 16, from Aylesby, will be based at Grimsby hospital and has already completed a work experience placement on the wards there. She said: “I’ve always wanted to be a nurse as I have a passion for helping people. My recent time on the wards made me realise even more just how much I wanted to be a nurse. When I heard about this course I liked the idea of having more work experience alongside my studies.”

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Learning to check blood pressure

The cadets are spending three days at college and two on the wards; crucially giving them the key clinical skills they’ll need for their careers. They will graduate with a level three extended diploma in health and social care, the equivalent of three A levels.

Estelle Cocking, 16, from Gainsborough, will be based at Scunthorpe hospital. She said: “I was going to do my A levels but I saw this course and thought it would be more useful with the experience it offers and it will be a quicker way into the profession. I think the best way to get into nursing is to get the hands on experience, which this course offers.”

Simon Dunn, head of organisational development and workforce planning at NLaG, said: “We’re forging these links with the local college to strengthen our workforce now and secure it for the future. We’re investing in local people by helping them get the clinical skills they need and guaranteeing them a job at the end of their course.”

Debrah Bates, head of continuing professional development and research at the Trust, added: “This is a great opportunity for the Trust to support a local initiative which will boost the number of people wanting careers in healthcare in the future and we are extremely pleased and proud to be involved.”

Emily Hughes, assistant principal at JLC, said: “The healthcare cadets programme is unique for the Humber region. This creative, innovative and hands-on programme will aid young people from across the area to get the academic and clinical experience required to support progression to nursing and highly competitive roles and courses within the sector.”

For further information contact the NLaG communications and marketing office on (01724) 387739.