3. Nursing partnerships at UEL: working with the NHS
Nursing at the University of East London has excellent partnerships across the North East London networks for student placements. These include the Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust, Barts Health, the Homerton NHS foundation Trust, North East London Foundation Trust and Imperial College NHS Foundation Trust. The department also has good links across the private and independent sector, too, and aims to train local nurses for the local area where there is an acute shortage of nursing staff.
In October 2021, a group of students started a new two-year UCAS entry nursing associate programme with Imperial College Healthcare. The sponsored nursing associate programme aims to give members of the local community the opportunity to begin a nursing career at the trust - while developing the nursing workforce. The nursing associate role is a support role that bridges the gap between healthcare support workers and registered nurses, helping with the delivery of care under the supervision of a registered nurse. The students undertake their nursing associate placements at one of Imperial College Healthcare Trust's hospitals, alongside associated community partners, with dedicated support from their nursing education team.
The Department of Nursing includes more than 1,000 students and multiple ways to access the nursing profession, including a short course designed to pique interest in the field and help to address the national shortage of nurses.