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Pilot Course To Attract New Nurses

A unique pilot scheme to encourage more mental health nurses into the profession is to be launched in Coventry.

Healthcare experts have got together with trainers at Coventry University to develop a new nursing training programme.

The scheme, which will run as a pilot project next month, is the first of its kind in the country and is designed for health care support workers and nursing auxiliaries

The programme is designed to counter the problem of the reduced number of entrants into mental health nursing, resulting in fewer qualified staff for the Trust.

It has been put together by Coventry University’s NVQ Development Unit, which has worked with Coventry Healthcare NHS Trust mental health services, Unison and the University’s own nursing and midwifery subject areas.

NVQ development officer Debbie Haynes, who devised the programme with, Roger Minett, Head of Mental Health Nursing at Coventry University, and Kay Drury of the NHS Trust, said:

"Six support workers will be seconded by the Trust to undertake a 'Return to Learn' programme, delivered by the Workers’ Education Association, which will include the NVQ level three qualification 'Promoting Independence.'  This will be followed by three years mental health nurse training."

"A taught programme covering topics such as mental health care and a study skills module to prepare students for university level study has been developed to underpin the NVQ element to the course."

Debbie added:

"This programme is a first for both the Trust and the University."

"The prospects are very exciting, and it is already attracting national interest. We hope that this could be the first of many such programmes and act as a model which can be applied across a variety of healthcare disciplines."

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