As building works begin on Nursing School new students are expected by January 2022
Building works are set to begin next week on a brand-new training facility to accommodate the School of Nursing Studies, which will see high quality training facilities developed at College of West Anglia’s Lynn campus.
A grant of £597,000 was secured from Government's Town Deal Accelerated Funding in 2020 thanks to a successful bid supported by the Council and the Town Deal Board, which was developed by the College of West Anglia in partnership with the QEH.
The new centre will consist of three rooms; a clinical room mirroring a real-life clinical environment with a new-scale hospital ward, a high-tech simulation suite equipped with simulation mannequins and a virtual augmented reality interface to provide clinical experience in a teaching environment and lastly, a skills rooms, focusing on clinical skills training such as cannulation.
Dr April Brown, Chief Nurse at the QEH said: “We are delighted to be working with the College on this exciting development for West Norfolk.
The development of a nursing school is fantastic news for both our local community and QEH by opening career opportunities for those wishing to study nursing closer to home and helping to provide stability for our future workforce needs.”
Prior to this exciting new venture, nursing students would study in Norwich or Cambridge, despite Lynn having a large local hospital for work placement. Nursing students could have placement at the QEH but would have to attend lectures further afield.
Local demolition firm, Mick Ward Demolition have been given the contract to demolish the existing print room building at the CWA to make space for the Nursing Studies facility.
The school is due to recruit its first cohort of 20 students directly from the QEH workforce onto the new Level 5 Nursing Associate Apprenticeship in January 2022.
Post pandemic, the nursing sector is perceived as more valuable than ever before, with many young people aspiring to work for the NHS as a nurse.