Nearly 300 nursing students from Birmingham City University are to join the frontline battle against COVID-19

Hundreds of Birmingham nursing students are set to join the frontline battle against COVID-19.

Nearly 300 student nurses from Birmingham City University will be taking up positions within the NHS to support the nation-wide effort to stem the spread of the virus.

Approximately 95 per cent of the University’s student nurses, currently in the last six months of their studies, have offered their services for an extended placement with the health service to support the fight against Coronavirus.

Placements will operate for six-months, and students will be employed directly by the NHS but also remain students at the University.

The students will take up their roles at the local NHS Trust where they will be tasked with working four days per week and given one-day’s protected learning time to ensure they remain on track with work for their degrees.

Most students will be working at hospitals across Birmingham and Solihull with some working at Trusts closer to their homes.

Professor Carol Doyle, Head of Birmingham City University’s School of Nursing and Midwifery, said: “We are extremely proud of all of our students whether or not they are going into practice during this challenging period.

“It has been heartening to see how the universities and NHS Trust have worked closely together to ensure the smooth deployment of students adding to the workforce to provide much needed care for patients.”

The news follows the University’s donation of over 1,000 items of personal protective equipment, which can be used by key workers during the pandemic.