The Centre for Nursing is celebrating the first group of fee-paying student nurses, who formally graduated on 18 July 2018.

The students completed their studies back in January/February 2015 and attended the graduation ceremony at the Bolton Town Hall, along with their family, friends, the Centre for Nursing, and university staff.

The 10 students were the country’s first pre-registration fee-paying students that were not funded by Health Education England. The programme first commenced in February 2015 to provide additional numbers to existing commissioned nursing students to try and tackle workforce shortages in the NHS. Since then, the government has announced it is removing the health care bursaries in England. All 10 graduating students have gained employment within local NHS Trusts across Lancashire and Greater Manchester.

The programme was originally developed and implemented in collaboration with Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Bolton NHS Foundation Trust, Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust have since joined the programme, collaborating closely with the Centre for Nursing.

The university is incredibly proud of the students who have helped to pioneer the programme. Due to its incredible success, the programme has since expanded and the university have been asked to educate 50 student nurses per year. From September 2018, the Centre for Nursing will be recruiting approximately 330 students per year, split across 3 intakes in September, January and May.

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