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27 September 2017

Master's partnership with ARU is boost for graduate nurses joining Papworth

Papworth Hospital's Critical Care unit has launched a 30 credit postgraduate master's level module entitled 'Core Topics in Cardiothoracic Critical Care for Nurses' - in partnership with Anglia Ruskin University.

The course is the first of its kind in a UK cardiothoracic centre and is one of only a handful of postgraduate courses open to newly qualified nurses in the UK.

Robert Gannon, Education Charge Nurse for CCA, said the course – which is an accredited version of the long-running induction and continuous professional development study programme that has been in place at the hospital for many years - would support the transition from student to professional nurse.

The course - which also represents a very strong preceptorship programme made available to newly registered nurses - is currently open to experienced nurses who are new to Critical Care and newly qualified nurses who begin their nursing career at Papworth.

Robert said: “I am delighted to see the efforts of the current and past CCA teaching team build on the units’ culture of investing in people through clinical education and support.

“I am deeply impressed with the support we received from our senior management and our clinical staff in order to realise our vision of delivering clinical training that is allied to a strong academic element.”

The course runs over a 15-month period and requires nurses to attend 11 in-house study days, achieve a series of relevant cardiothoracic nursing care competencies, compile a log of learning, and complete a master’s level assignment. The course requires no further investment in staffing resources or study leave allowance to achieve this innovative accreditation.

For further information email phn-tr.CCATeachingTeam@nhs.net.