More than 320 nursing students have signed up to work on the NHS frontline to support the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

The second and third-year students will begin their roles as early as this week, but most will take up their duties in the next fortnight. 

The University’s Programme team are working with Health Education England to deploy the students who have volunteered at their preferred place of work. A small number of nursing students have chosen to travel further afield and work in Trusts closer to home.

As part of Emergency Standards published by the Nursing and Midwifery Council after the Covid-19 outbreak, Year 2 and Year 3 students are able to opt-in to undertaking paid placement/work opportunities to support the nursing workforce.

Dr Trish Houghton, Head of School – School of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of Bolton, said: “We are extremely proud of all our wonderful nursing students and want to thank them for the immense support they have provided since the start of the Covid-19 Pandemic in the UK.”

Professor George E Holmes DL, President and Vice Chancellor of the University of Bolton, said: “I have nothing but admiration for our caring and brave nursing students who have opted-in to support the NHS, who are doing a fantastic job, in this crisis.

“I would like to thank our students on behalf of the University and the wider community for their amazing dedication and commitment.”

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