Nursing students join COVID-19 fight
A COHORT of 53 third year nursing students have joined North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust as part of a national response to Covid-19.
The students took part in a three-day induction programme to prepare them for placements in hospitals.
Second year nursing students will also be invited to spend 80 per cent of their time in clinical practice and 20 per cent in academic study during the emergency period.
A similar approach is also being taken with students currently studying in allied health care professions who will go on to qualify as paramedics, radiographers, physiotherapists and occupational therapists. These students are being drafted into placement on an emergency rota basis. However, it is still voluntary and they can opt-out if they choose.
It is estimated that this approach could increase the NHS workforce in Cumbria and North Lancashire by an additional 352 student nurses.