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New nursing programme to boost NHS Wales’ rural workforce

A new nursing programme is set to help to bolster Wales’ NHS workforce, as Bangor University looks to nurture the next generation of health professionals.

As of next month, those living in Powys will be able to benefit from an innovative programme that will combine the convenience of online theory with the advantages of in-person placements, with experience available through the Powys Teaching Health Board across local health and community settings.

Head of Bangor University’s School of Medical and Health Sciences, Dr Elizabeth Mason, said: “This new route for pre-registration nurse education offers a unique opportunity for those living in Powys to have a career in nursing.

“Bangor University is committed to working with Health Education and Improvement Wales (HEIW), Powys Teaching Health Boards and local communities to improve access to higher education for nursing programmes, to support the development of the future workforce within the NHS in Powys.

“It is a great opportunity for Bangor University to be working with colleagues in Powys to support recruitment to nursing careers in and we look forward to welcoming new student nurses this spring!”

The Dispersed Learning Programme is funded by HEIW and will have March and September starting dates, ultimately helping Wales address its nursing shortages in its most rural areas.

Katelyn Falvey, Head of Organisational Design and Workforce Transformation at Powys Teaching Health Board, added: “We are really excited to be working with Bangor University on this new programme of learning. To be able to provide the people of Powys with the opportunity to build a nursing career without having to leave their home county is fantastic.

“We look forward to supporting our local people to train, work and live in Powys and this programme provides this opportunity, helping us to ‘grow our own’ nursing workforce for the future.”

For more information on the new programme, click here.

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