Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust has offered jobs to 144 student nurses from the Class of 2018, covering all specialities of adult medicine including oncology, theatres, stroke care, intensive care, surgery, medicine and cardiology.
Simon Nearney, the trust’s Director of Workforce, said the trust, University and medical school shared identical goals in training, developing and recruiting the best healthcare staff.
“The excellent working relationship we have enables us to achieve our mutual ambition.
“This partnership benefits everyone – the University, the trust, the students and, perhaps most importantly our patients because we are securing the best talent to care for them now and for many years to come.”
The University and Hull York Medical School will be highlighting ways to access healthcare careers when they join NHS organisations across Hull and the East Riding at the 2018 Health Expo, on Thursday 5 July, at the Hilton DoubleTree, Ferensway, Hull.
Visitors will be able to meet staff and students to discuss career options and courses in healthcare and medicine. Information will be available on the University Certificate in Health and Social Care Practice – which provides an alternative route into healthcare for those without traditional qualifications like A Levels – as well as the medical school’s widening participation programme, Pathways to Medicine, which it runs in conjunction with the Sutton Trust to support year 12 pupils from across the region who wish to pursue a career in medicine.
Since it was established in 2003 the medical school has worked in close partnership with local NHS trusts and community healthcare providers to ensure it has remained abreast of local and national workforce needs – training doctors in hospitals, primary care and community settings across North Yorkshire, the Humber and North Lincolnshire and Goole.
The school was recently awarded an additional 90 places as part of the Government’s expansion of undergraduate medical education.
Professor Una Macleod, Dean of Hull York Medical School, said:
“I studied medicine in the 1980s and my career has taken me from hospital medicine into clinical and academic practice.
“I understand the enormous privilege of being a doctor and how, as healthcare professionals, we can make a difference to the health of patients regardless of their circumstances. Indeed ensuring all people have access to the very best healthcare is the very foundation on which the NHS was built.
“This special occasion is about celebrating the achievements of our graduates and recognising the impact that they, together with their fellow healthcare professionals, have on the lives of patients in our region and beyond. We are proud to be part of the celebrations.”
As the NHS celebrates its 70th birthday, the University of Hull celebrates a partnership that goes back more than 40 years: The University’s Institute of Nursing Studies started offering a BSc (Hons) in Nursing in the 1970s – and was one of the first UK universities to teach the degree programme. Nursing numbers increased significantly when, as part of a national trend, the local NHS-based School of Nursing was incorporated into the University. Since that time the University has continued to respond to the call for health professionals in the region, increasing its nursing and allied healthcare degrees, including paramedic science.
*in the past six years
**(Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education for the academic year 2015/16, published by HESA June 2017).