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What the apprenticeship is

The Registered Nurse Degree Apprenticeship (RNDA) will give you a chance to study for a qualification that will enable you to become a registered nurse. Both adult nursing and mental health nursing will be available.

What’s in it for you

The programme will give you the opportunity to study for a nursing degree and qualify as a nurse whilst being paid a minimum starting salary of £18,000 and no tuition fees to pay.

Eligibility
“A life changing opportunity to be able to embark on a new career, become qualified, get hands on practical experience while earning an affordable income to support my family.”

Eligibility

What we need

To apply for a RNDA, you will need to:

  • be aged 18 or over at the start of the programme

  • have GCSE in English and Maths at level C/Level 4 or above (or equivalent)

  • have A levels or other equivalent level 3 qualifications.

We welcome applications from people who have experience or who are new to healthcare.

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“Challenging but exceptionally rewarding, this apprenticeship was the only way I could go into nursing and I’m so grateful for this opportunity.”

Information

Specifics of the role

Where

The course will combine university study alongside working as an apprentice in healthcare settings in Dorset.

This means you could be placed in:

  • Royal Bournemouth & Christchurch Hospitals

  • Poole Hospital

  • Dorset County Hospital in Dorchester

  • Within Dorset Healthcare in a community hospital, a mental health or learning disability service

  • In general practice (GP surgeries)

  • In a care home.

We will ask you to state a preference for your main base of work, however you should be prepared to work anywhere in Dorset and will be expected to move around different services and sites for placements to gain a full range of experiences.

As well as working as a HCA at your main base, you will also experience placement opportunities as a trainee nurse at various locations.

Contract

The four year programme will start in September 2020 and is full time, 37.5 hours per week:

  • 7.5 hours (1 day) university study
  • 30 hours working shifts in a healthcare setting.
Salary

In your first year of study you will be paid a salary of over £17,000, and after successful completion of year one this will rise in the second year of programme.

You
“It’s been an incredible privilege to start working in the NHS as a registered nurse apprentice.”

You

The type of person we are looking for

Are you resilient and up for the challenge?

Are you looking for a fulfilling career and professional qualification?

Are you keen to go to university but are concerned about the costs?

Are you someone who has always dreamed of being a nurse and are thinking about a career change?

We are looking for people who care about people and their wellbeing and want to make a difference.

Our Nurses

Our nurses

Hear from some of last year’s apprentices:

“A life changing opportunity to be able to embark on a new career, become qualified, get hands on practical experience while earning an affordable income to support my family.”

“Hard work and dedication does pay off and this opportunity really reflects that”

“Thank you for such a great opportunity, we are so lucky to have a wide breadth of knowledge both as a student nurse and a health care assistant.”

“When I was little I wanted to be a nurse but struggled with exams. This programme has made that dream come true, no matter how hard it may be at times, it’s a great learning method.”

“Best decision I have ever made, it’s been tough but has changed my life for the better. I woudlnt be able to do this without the help of the apprenticeship.”

“It’s been an incredible privilege to start working in the NHS as a registered nurse apprentice.”

“Such an eye opening apprenticeship that is one of a kind, will be forever grateful!”

“Challenging but exceptionally rewarding, this apprenticeship was the only way I could go into nursing and I’m so grateful for this opportunity.”

“In the short amount of time I’ve been on the course I believe I have changed so much for the better! I feel more confident in myself, it’s also given me the opportunity to learn so much everyday! I’m so grateful for this opportunity.”

Events

Information events

We are holding six information events in March, two at Royal Bournemouth Hospital, two at Poole Hospital and two at Dorset County Hospital. To find out more and to book a place, please sign up to one of the following sessions:

Monday 2 March 2020 at Poole Hospital: 

Session 1: 5:45pm – 6:45pm

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Session 2: 6:45pm – 7:45pm

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Wednesday 4 March 2020 at Dorset County Hospital: 

Session 1: 6pm – 7pm

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Session 2: 7pm – 8pm

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Wednesday 11 March 2020 at Royal Bournemouth Hospital:

Session 1: 6pm – 7pm

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Session 2: 7pm – 8pm

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“In the short amount of time I’ve been on the course I believe I have changed so much for the better! I feel more confident in myself, it’s also given me the opportunity to learn so much every day! I’m so grateful for this opportunity.”

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“Thank you for such a great opportunity, we are so lucky to have a wide breadth of knowledge both as a student nurse and a health care assistant.”

FAQ

Frequently asked questions

Nurses work as part of a team and provide direct patient care. They work in a variety of settings, including hospital wards, operating theatres, clinics, doctors’ surgeries and patients’ homes. Nurse apprentices will work in a main place of work, undertake study and also have a variety of clinical placements during their apprenticeship.

Yes! All applicants are welcome.

We also have a Trainee Nurse Apprenticeship programe available for NHS staff. For more information on opportunities for existing NHS staff please email contact@joinourdorset.nhs.uk

Dorset is offering two fields of nurse training as an apprenticeship – mental health nursing and adult nursing.

Yes, upon completion of the apprenticeship you will become a Graduate Registered Nurse.  This will be exactly the same degree as anyone attending university full time.  It is the way that this degree is delivered that is different as apprentices will be based in the work place as well as studying with a university.

Apprentices will be released by their employer to study part-time with a university and will train in a range of practice placement settings. Apprentices will study with a university that is a Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) approved education provider and will be expected to achieve the same standards as any other student nurse.

Depending on the specialism the degree awarded upon successful completion will be either a BSc (Honours) Adult Nursing or BSc (Honours) Mental Health Nursing.

Registered Nurse Degree Apprentices won’t have to pay tuition fees.  The cost of the apprenticeship will be paid by employers.

Applications and interviews will be a part of determining who is successful in gaining an apprenticeship within a health organisation in Dorset.  It is expected that there will be more applicants than places available and so a full recruitment and selection process will take place across Dorset.

Yes, as well as working as a Healthcare Assistant (HCA) at your main base, you will also experience placement opportunities as a trainee nurse as various locations across Dorset.

All apprentices will be based in a main place of work, which could change throughout the apprenticeship programme.  In addition to this place of work apprentices will have placements over the four years which will be in a variety of settings.  These may be for a day or two a week or blocks over the years of the course.  Placements will be in Dorset, however, apprentices will need to travel to these places of work and the length and days of shifts could vary.  Successful applicants applying to this apprenticeship programme can request a particular area to be based in however there is no guarantee where apprentices will be based for their main place of work or on placements.

The apprenticeship is a full time role which is 37.5 hours a week in the NHS.  During the apprenticeship there will be a requirement to experience essential all round care to meet patient needs. Part of the apprenticeship work in a healthcare role could include a variety of shift patterns and may include day or night shifts and weekends and bank holidays.

Your work experience and placement locations will vary and may be across Dorset. Shifts’ will also be a various times so transportation will need to be considerd.

The apprenticeship will take four years to complete.

There is no upper age limit to start a nurse apprenticeship but you must be aged 18 or over at the start of the programme in September 2020.

The starting salary for our Nurse Deegree Apprentices will be a minimum of £18,000.

Qualified nurses can undertake nursing roles in both primary and secondary care in many areas of work and in many clinical areas for the NHS in Dorset. Nursing can follow a career path in:

  • Research
  • Education
  • Leadership

With further experience, future careers can include advanced practice nursing, nurse education and mentoring, and healthcare management, such as ward sister or lead nurse.

No, however adult nurses can go on to undertake further study to specialise or move into other areas of work. For more information about healthcare careers please visit www.healthcareers.nhs.uk/explore-roles

Yes, full time staff joining the NHS are entitled to 27 paid annual leave days per year and an average of 8 public holidays. All annual leave will need to be agreed through the line manager and taken within specific times of the apprenticeship programme. (for example; not during placement time).  There may be requirement to work on some public holidays with leave taken at an alternative time. Any prior booked leave should be discussed if invited to interview.

Yes, there are a number of staff benefits open to NHS employees including; pensions, staff discount at certain outlets, access to some corporate memberships, student discount card for apprentices and many more.

“Such an eye opening course that is one of a kind, will be forever grateful!”

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If you have any questions, please feel free to email us and we will get back to you as soon as we can. 

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