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Work to begin on new nursing school at Lynn college

Building work is due to start next week on the new £600,000 School of Nursing Studies at the College of West Anglia’s Lynn campus.

The college’s existing print room building will be demolished to make way for the training facility.

The new facility will include space mirroring a real-life clinical environment with a hospital ward.

The old print building on the college site will be demolished to make way for the new facility
The old print building on the college site will be demolished to make way for the new facility

It had been hoped that the first students would start their training there in the autumn but now it will be January, 2022, with 20 trainees coming direct from the QEH on the Level 5 Nursing Associate Apprenticeship.

The hospital has said it will open up career opportunities for the local community and help recruit its future workforce.

A grant of £597,000 was secured from Government’s Town Deal Accelerated Funding last year thanks to a successful bid supported by West Norfolk Council and the Town Deal Board, which was developed by the College of West Anglia in partnership with the QEH.

Local firm, Mick Ward Demolition, has been awarded the contract to demolish the existing print room building at the college starting next week.

A new modular building will be constructed with three rooms: a clinical room mirroring a real-life clinical environment with a new-scale hospital ward, a high-tech simulation suite and also a skills room focusing on clinical skills training.

To strengthen its development and support its registration as a training provider with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, the School will collaborate with Anglia Ruskin University to deliver courses.

Adrian Debney will be Senior Nurse Educator at the school.

David Pomfret, principal/chief executive of the College, said: “The coronavirus has caused a massive global recession; however, health and social care is one of the very few sectors which is set to grow.

The new facility and qualification will create local career and skills development opportunities. Nursing is an incredibly important and rewarding career.”

Dr April Brown, chief nurse at the QEH said: “The development of a School of Nursing Studies is fantastic news for both our local community and QEH by opening career opportunities for those wishing to study nursing closer to home.”

Graham Perkins, chair of the Town Deal Board, said: “The new School of Nursing Studies is an exciting project made possible through effective partnership of the CWA, QEH and Towns Funds.”

The project was prioritised in a bid for accelerated funding under the Towns Fund scheme in recognition of the strength of the local collaboration and the timely and fitting opportunity this project offers for supporting valuable skills development in King’s Lynn.”

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