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Student nursing numbers handed a lifeline in government boost

By Jordan Reynolds | Wolverhampton | Education | Published:

Wolverhampton University is offering hundreds of additional places for students studying for nursing, midwifery and allied healthcare courses from this September.

A total of 242 additional student places were granted by the Secretary of State for Education following a successful university bid.

The university’s Institute of Health in the Faculty of Education, Health & Wellbeing trains student nurses, paramedics and health care apprentices – most of whom have been working on the frontline during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Professor Geoff Layer, Vice-Chancellor at the University of Wolverhampton, said: “We are delighted to have been able to boost the numbers of places on our vital keyworker courses this year, helping us to grow our provision to meet demand.

“The skills gap in healthcare is well known and our investment in healthcare facilities across our campuses is part of our commitment to meeting this need. There is a shortage of nurses and other healthcare workers in the UK and we are working closely with the hospital trusts in our region to identify their needs.

“We are extremely proud that over 90 per cent of our third year student nurses and midwives, along with the majority of our student paramedics, opted in or volunteered to keep working in order to boost staff numbers and help the NHS during these challenging times.”

Jordan Reynolds

By Jordan Reynolds
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