MORE than 90 student nurses have started working across the Trust.
The nurses have been pulled from their clinical placements during the Covid 19 emergency work after a move by Health Education England (HEE) to allow them to opt-in for an extended placement with their preferred Trust which involves working as Trust employees.
Second year and third year students in their first six months will be on extended placements as Clinical Support Workers and third year students in their last six months of study on extended placements as Aspirant Nurses.
Louise Paramel, Clinical Education and Quality Manager, said: “We have had more than 90 students opt-in to start on the frontline as soon as possible.
“The Education Team has put together a training package over this coming week to prepare the students to go on to the frontline at BTH. These students have been allocated to ward areas and will be ready for deployment to support the frontline from Friday following their intense training package.’’
She added: “It has been overwhelming speaking to the students and hearing their passion and commitment and how they want to come in on the frontline asap to look after the patients and support the workforce during this crisis and actually asking to be deployed to the Covid positive areas to help and support.’’
Director of Nursing at the Trust, Peter Murphy, said: “I am so proud of the student nurses who have come forward and opted to join us at this challenging time and proud of the teams that has helped develop a really comprehensive supportive training plan.