National prize for Teesside University’s nursing apprenticeship programme

Teesside University has scooped a national award in what is further recognition for its sector-leading apprenticeship provision.

The university received the Nursing Associate Training Programme Provider of the Year prize at last night’s Student Nursing Times Awards.

It was in recognition of the FdSc Nursing Associate course, part of the University’s Higher and Degree Apprenticeship provision, which has seen almost 400 students complete the programme since it was launched in 2017.

Judges commented that Teesside University had gone ‘above and beyond’ as a training provider and praised its commitment to partnership working and the inclusion of all health care sectors including primary care and the independent sector within the FdSc Nursing Associate course.

The award follows external recognition last year which saw Teesside University’s level 5 apprenticeship provision rated as ‘Outstanding’ by education watchdog Ofsted across all inspection areas – from leadership and management, to learning outcomes.

The 2020 Student Nursing Times Awards were held virtually this year and saw prizes handed out across 21 categories.

Chief nursing officer for England Ruth May also gave a speech in which she praised the award finalists and thanked students for their efforts in helping to tackle the first wave of Covid-19.

Teesside University was also shortlisted in two other categories at the awards. Former science teacher Alison Anderson, who changed career direction to become a midwife and graduated from Teesside University’s BSc (Hons) Midwifery with First Class honours, was nominated for Student Midwife of the Year.

While County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust’s district nursing team in Teesdale was jointly shortlisted with Teesside University for the Student Placement of the Year: Community category.

Teesside University offers a varied range of Higher and Degree Apprenticeships, which are co-designed with employers and provide an ‘earn as you learn’ opportunity, combining vocational work-based learning with study towards a professional qualification.

Linda Nelson, associate dean for enterprise and business engagement in the university’s School of Health and Life Sciences, said: “We are passionate about ensuring that our programmes are relevant and meet the needs of both students and employers.

“It was fantastic to see Teesside University represented so prominently at the Student Nursing Times Awards and to receive the prize for Nursing Associate Training Programme Provider of the Year was an extremely proud moment and further endorsement of the University’s exceptional work within the health sector.

“Studying as an apprentice can be challenging, but at Teesside our courses are designed to provide opportunities for widening participation and empower each student to reach their full potential.”

Find out more about our Higher and Degree Apprenticeships at tees.ac.uk/sections/fulltime/hda.cfm.