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Hull health graduates bring skills and expertise to local hospitals

The University of Hull’s largest ever cohort of nursing graduates will provide a boost to the NHS – and the majority will be working for local health services and hospitals. 

The nurses are graduating as part of the University’s week-long celebration of degree ceremonies at Hull City Hall. 

Many have already been taken on by the local health services, making a real difference to their communities.  

University of Hull health graduates are in high demand: 82% of our general adult nurses, 81% of our learning disability nurses and 74% of mental health nurses graduating from the University today have already secured jobs across East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.  

Professor Julie Jomeen, Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Hull, said: 

"With 255 nurses graduating this week, we are extremely pleased that we can help to support our local hospitals in providing the highest standards of healthcare to our region.  

"By training skilled nurses who will be able to improve outcomes for their patients on a daily basis, we can help to address the region’s nursing shortfall. 

"All our nursing graduates have already gained experience and made a valuable contribution in our community already through the work placements that have been an essential part of their degree course."

With 255 nurses graduating this week, we are extremely pleased that we can help to support our local hospitals in providing the highest standards of healthcare to our region.   Professor Julie Jomeen, Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Hull

Gemma Ansell from Hull, who is graduating with a first-class BSc Nursing degree, said: 

"My studies really laid the foundation for my job and are put into practice every day. 

"I was the first person in my family to go to university and as a mature student I am doubly proud to have got a first. Balancing studying and family life can be tricky but if it’s something you love it doesn’t feel like hard work."

The appointments come at a time when the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has announced more nurses are needed. 

Prof Jomeen said: 

"As a University, we have an extremely important role to play in training nurses to help alleviate this shortage – and I am delighted that the majority of our nursing graduates stay within our region to work."

Mike Wright, Executive Chief Nurse at Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, said: 

"We have an excellent working partnership with the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University, which enables us to train and recruit highly-skilled staff.  Nurses and midwives are the lifeblood of the NHS, and our joint approach to developing them both before and after registration helps to benefit our patients and service users.  

"Once again this year, the partnership has been very successful, and we have made job offers to more than 160 students who are due to qualify this year. Being able to train and then retain people locally is incredibly important to us, and to the communities that we serve." 

The region will see a further boost this year when the University’s opens its new £28m health campus to further enhance the learning environment for both students and researchers. 

Nursing trainees will be able to work alongside trainee medics, Operating Department Practitioners, midwifery and allied health undergraduates, as well as PhD students, advanced nurse practitioners and physician associates. This inclusive approach will help to deliver a cohesive workforce for the NHS and strengthen the patient experience. 

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