Students Staff

16 July 2015

Degrees of excellence


More than 20 staff who were sponsored to study by North Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (NEP) graduated from the University of Essex on 14 July 2015.

12 staff completed Foundation Degrees in Health Sciences, 4 completed work-based learning Nurse Training and 5 received first or second degrees.

Since 2005 when the Nurse Training programme was started by NEP in partnership with the University of Essex, more than 110 staff has successfully completed Foundation Degrees.

This training programme was started by NEP to help unregistered clinical staff gain recognised qualifications in mental health.

Staff who successfully complete the Foundation Degree have options of applying for more advanced or specialist posts or seconded Nurse Training.

NEP has recruited a regular supply of qualified nurses who have successfully completed their training via this route.

Andrew Geldard, Chief Executive at NEP said: “Congratulations to all staff who graduated this year. I am really proud of our staff and of our partnership work with the University. Investing in the professional development of our staff benefits our patients and service users. Staff who completed Foundation Degrees and other training, have done so while doing full time jobs here at the Trust.”

Nazir Shivji, NEP Education and Training Coordinator said: “It was an extremely proud moment for me. I’ve seen so many staff develop and gain valuable qualifications and this boosts their confidence. This model of training is called “Grow your own” and has been recognised by Lord Willis as a nationally recommended pathway that universities should follow.”

Foundation Degree in Health Sciences is funded by Health Education England. There is usually a maximum of 20 places per year and students attend university for one day a week for two years.

The Trust supports staff to progress their career by giving them access to further education.

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