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UEL tackles nurses shortage in east London with new nursing degree

Stratford Campus building

Open evening for anyone interested in training for a nursing career to be held at Stratford campus on March 21

The University of East London (UEL) is addressing the acute shortage of nurses in east London by introducing a new degree in nursing.

Last year, a report by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) revealed that there were more than 10,000 unfilled nursing vacancies across London, including more than 1,044 vacant posts at the Barts Health NHS Trust and 333 at the Barking, Havering and Redbridge NHS Trust.

UEL hopes to tackle the shortage with the launch of a Bachelor of Science degree in Adult Nursing aimed at training local people for local jobs.

Teaching is due to begin in January 2018 and the University will be holding an open evening for anyone interested at its Stratford campus on March 21. 

Charmagne Barnes, Dean of UEL’s School of Health, Sport and Bioscience and herself a qualified nurse, said, “At present there is no local provision for pre-registration nursing within east London. This locally developed and delivered course will produce graduate nurses who will work within the local NHS. 

“With our NHS partners, it is anticipated that by recruiting onto the course from the local community, the future workforce will be supplied by locally educated nurses who will stay in the area and contribute to the health economy.”

The new course will be 50 per cent theory and 50 per cent learning in the clinical environment, working alongside qualified nurses and clinicians in the local Barking, Havering and Redbridge NHS Trust and the North East London NHS Foundation Trust. 

Students will also be able to develop their clinical nursing practice safely in a fully equipped simulation centre at the Stratford campus.

Mrs Barnes said, “Nursing remains a hugely rewarding career which offers graduates an enormous variety of roles and areas of specialism on registration. A degree is nursing is a qualification that is recognised nationally and internationally.

“It’s also a challenging career which requires commitment, courage and compassion in addition to nursing skills and a sound knowledge base.”

The open evening for UEL’s New BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing degree takes place on Tuesday, 21 March, from 5.30-7.30pm, at UEL Stratford Campus, Water Lane, London E15.

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