Student nursing numbers handed a lifeline in government boost to Wolverhampton

Nursing students

The University of Wolverhampton is offering additional places for students studying for nursing, midwifery and allied healthcare courses from this September.

242 additional student places were granted by the Secretary of State for Education following a successful University bid recently.

The University’s Institute of Health in the Faculty of Education, Health & Wellbeing trains student nurses, paramedics and health care Apprentices – most of whom have been working on the frontline during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Professor Geoff Layer, Vice-Chancellor at the University of Wolverhampton, said: “We are delighted to have been able to boost the numbers of places on our vital keyworker courses this year, helping us to grow our provision to meet demand.

“The skills gap in healthcare is well known and our investment in healthcare facilities across our campuses is part of our commitment to meeting this need. There is a shortage of nurses and other healthcare workers in the UK and we are working closely with the hospital trusts in our region to identify their needs.

“We are extremely proud that over 90% of our third year student nurses and midwives, along with the majority of our student paramedics, opted in or volunteered to keep working in order to boost staff numbers and help the NHS during these challenging times.”

In 2018/19, more than 600 students joined the University of Wolverhampton to study a range of nursing courses at its Wolverhampton, Walsall and Burton Campuses.

This includes Bachelor of Science (Honours) courses in Adult Nursing, Children’s Nursing, Mental Health Nursing and Midwifery, Master’s courses and Apprenticeships.

More recently, the University announced its investment in new facilities to train the next generation of nurses at its Telford Campus to meet local healthcare demand. A £180,000 new skills lab or ‘mock ward’ was created at the Priorslee Campus after the University received approval to deliver nursing on-site from September 2019.

New £4.8 million nursing and health lab facilities were officially opened earlier this year at the University’s Walsall Campus. The state-of-the-art facilities include innovative teaching rooms to provide students with learning experiences that will help them to develop a wide range of practice skills.