RD&E and Exeter College join forces for a course

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A groundbreaking new specialist qualification in adult nursing, mental health nursing or midwifery has been rolled out by the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust and Exeter College to help young people take on roles vital in the NHS.

T-level – a qualification launched last year – is equivalent to three A-levels and combines work placements in industry with classroom learning, allowing students to have practical experience and knowledge ready for the start of their careers. .

As part of the two-year course, students will complete a minimum of 315 hours of work placement. Students will work across the hospital, including medical wards, surgical wards, maternity and theaters, working with the entire ward team and allowing students to follow the patient journey and see quality care to patients in action.

To support the hospital during covid, students over the age of 18 were given the opportunity to join the staff bank which, while benefiting the hospital, also provided students with additional experience. Last year, 22 students were hired and 30 more are in the process of applying.

Suzanne Tracey, chief executive of the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust and the Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust, said: ‘It is no secret that the NHS has a national shortage of midwives, nurses and many other healthcare professionals, so working with Exeter College we are delighted to provide meaningful work placements for students and allow them to roll up their sleeves and experience the atmosphere, culture and camaraderie of our fantastic workforce. work within the NHS.

Sam Hillman, Deputy Director of Curriculum at Exeter College, said: “Through an exceptional education and inspiring, engaging and hands-on work placements in industry, we are together, cultivating talent and achieving ambitions. and dreams of our young people and help them shape their future. »

Heidi Amor, Head of Faculty of Health Care, Childcare and Public Services at Exeter College, said: ‘It is a privilege to be able to help our young people pursue their dreams and pursue their career and as a college, we take great pride in working with our NHS Trust to develop these talented, professional and enthusiastic learners and the workforce of the future.

Ebony White, 16, said: “It’s been a really great week, it’s been amazing to see a hospital from a professional perspective – I’ve seen so much!

“I saw cannulas and catheters removed, learned how they do blood transfusions and where bloods were kept, learned all about how catheters and drains etc work, and how way to dispose of waste in a safe way I prepared COVID swabs for all patients on the days they needed testing and helped distribute menus to patients on the ward for their meals the next day The most exciting thing I did was take patient observations for the past 3 days (under the supervision of the person I followed), which was awesome!”

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