July 31, 2020 @ 9:44 by Richard Dawson
Sunderland has become one of just seven UK universities to offer a new kind of nursing degree to train the next generation of lifesavers.
The news comes after nursing graduates from the university have played an important role working on the NHS frontline during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Now, Health Education England (HEE) has announced Sunderland as one of a handful of education providers to introduce a blended learning nursing degree programme.
Part of the NHS Long Term Plan to help grow the nursing workforce in the UK, this approach to learning maximises the opportunities to provide a fully interactive and innovative programme through a digital approach.
Sue Brent, head of the school of Nursing and Health Sciences, said: “We are delighted to be one of the delivery partners of the new blended learning nursing degree programme.
“This flexible programme will give students access to learning while still making it easy to balance family or carer roles during their studies.
“Working with our NHS Trust partners the Sunderland programme will be delivered using the latest technologies available to ensure student’s meet the NMC standards to become a registered adult nurse.”
The new nursing programme will start from January 2021 and is designed to create a significantly different offer in nursing education.
It will help establish a professional nurse workforce suited to the demands of care and service now and in the future.