Middlesex University has set out to answer Government demands to see greater numbers of NHS support staff with improved qualifications.
Both professional organisations and Parliament have called for greater consistency in the preparation of healthcare support workers and this has led Middlesex University to launch two innovative courses, providing staff with new skills and greater knowledge of ethical and legal issues.
The courses, launched this week, are aimed at healthcare support workers and assistant practitioners and have been developed alongside London NHS trusts. They aim to ensure that many more healthcare support workers gain a higher education qualification for the first time.
After one year of study, students will complete a Certificate in Higher Education and will have the option to take a further year to gain a Diploma in Higher Education and could progress onto an undergraduate nursing course.
Students gain clinical and study skills as well as knowledge of ethics, law and professional issues. The courses are part-time, with students studying in blocks of learning across the academic year whilst continuing to work for their employing trust.
Middlesex Nursing lecturers Kate Brown and Carol Lincoln said: “Many healthcare workers want to progress their careers and have aspirations to become assistant practitioners and nurses, and this will help them on their way.
“The key to these courses is that they have been developed with local NHS trusts, strengthening our links with healthcare in north London. Our partners will support the courses by supervising our students learning in practice.”