25th May 2020

Supporting our student nurses

Health and care services in Somerset are working towards making it easier for people to train as nurses in the county; by working with education providers who hope to offer a locally available nursing degree programme to Somerset residents in the near future.

To help us achieve this, we need to know how many people in Somerset might be interested in careers in nursing and what issues need to be thought about to make the training accessible to all. We have developed a survey to gather views on this. It is important that we get as many responses as we can from the survey, so it would be much appreciated if those who are interested could take the time to fill out a response. The link to the survey is: https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/Somerset_nursing_survey/.

Helen Stapleton, Somerset STP Workforce Programme Lead said: “We know that it can be difficult for some people in more rural areas of the county to travel to areas where nursing degrees are offered, so we hope that we will soon be able to offer nursing training to those who would otherwise not be able to study nursing and get qualified.

“To help us get our plans right and make sure our training courses are accessible to everyone, we want to hear from anyone who has ever thought about a career in nursing. This is a great opportunity for you to help develop nursing education in the county, and will be a fantastic way for you to take the first step onto a very rewarding career path”.

Jo Howarth, Deputy Chief Nurse, Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, said: ‘We are really excited about this work and delighted to be a part of it. Studying a nursing degree can help you to grow your career in healthcare and open new opportunities for personal growth and development. A local programme may be particularly useful to existing health care assistants and carers who have thought about taking the leap into nursing, as well as school leavers who want to stay and train in Somerset. Having the course available locally could potentially boost the numbers of qualified nurses in the county – so this could be a true win-win situation’.

Please click here to take the survey and get involved – don’t delay, the survey closes on 16 September 2019!