New range of degree courses to attract more ‘home-grown’ nurses and midwives

| March 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

New degree courses enabling Jersey students to train for careers as midwives, mental health nurses or children’s nurses will be launched later this year.

Applications are invited for a total of 10 places on courses that commence in September 2014. Combining off-Island study with practical work experience in Jersey, the three-year courses will be delivered in partnership with the University of Chester.

The new courses follow the introduction of a pre-registration Nursing Degree on island in 2013, namely a BSc (Hons) Nursing (Adult Field), which has yearly intakes in September.

The Health and Social Services Department (HSSD) has worked with States of Jersey colleagues from Education, Sport and Culture and Careers Jersey to enable this innovative model to come to fruition.

It is the first time midwifery students and child field nurses have had the chance to access a place on the programme on the Island,” said Julie Mesny, Head of Nursing and Midwifery Education. “This is a significant milestone and we are very excited about the prospect of being able to offer this combined model of degree.

“HSSD has been offering the mental health field student programme for the past eight years, however, this degree course is also a new model for the Island.”

Jane Harris, Deputy Head of Midwifery, Faculty of Health and Social Care at the University of Chester, said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Jersey to provide an established, innovative and well evaluated programme of Midwifery education. For the past two years the programme has scored 100% satisfaction rating in the National Student Survey.

“It’s fair to say there has been a surge of interest in careers in midwifery and on average we have 700 applicants for the course, which equates to 25 applicants for each place, making a highly competitive area.”

Andy Gibbs, Careers Jersey’s Head of Lifelong Learning and Skills, said: “All of these areas are very popular choices for Jersey students and the opportunity, that has arisen through the partnership between Health and the University of Chester, to offer a Jersey-based course is a great addition to our local degree provision.”

Expressions of interest for four places as student midwives, two student children’s nurse positions and four student mental health places are now being invited. Anyone who is interested should contact Julie Mesny, email j.mesny@health.gov.je

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