University receives £50,000 to boost recruitment of healthcare professionals

An innovative programme at the University of Wolverhampton to support the recruitment of the next generation of healthcare professionals has received a £50,000 boost.

The Preparing to Succeed programme (P2S) is designed to provide students who are interested in a career in healthcare with insights into the world and work of healthcare professionals while at the same time gaining experience of a university environment.

The project has received a £50,000 grant from the Office for Students’ (OfS) Strategic Interventions in Health Disciplines fund.

The P2S programme will be running during October and November 2019. It will involve four days on-site at the University’s City and Walsall Campuses as well as a range of online activities, pastoral and academic support followed by a digital campaign within local colleges.

The University offers a range of healthcare courses including nursing, midwifery and physiotherapy.

Dr Katherine Birch, Deputy Director of the University’s Institute of Health, said:  “We are delighted to have received this funding from the Office for Students.

“Our P2S programme is designed to provide students, and particularly mature students or male students, who are interested in a career in healthcare with insight into the world and work of healthcare professionals.

“We’re currently working with a number of our local colleges to promote the programme and are looking forward to working with them to support their students take the next step in their career.”

In total, ten projects have been awarded a combined £440,000 by the OfS in a nationwide scheme which aims to attract more students to nursing, midwifery and allied healthcare courses – including orthoptics, podiatry, and therapeutic radiography. The fund also aims to stimulate innovation in the delivery of these disciplines. On top of OfS funding, an additional £480,000 worth of resources has been committed by participating universities and partners.