UK’s first medical ultrasound degree apprenticeship launches in Sheffield

The UK’s first medical ultrasound degree apprenticeship has launched at Sheffield Hallam University.

The country’s inaugural “earn and learn” route to becoming a medical sonographer arrives at the university at the same time as two other healthcare degree apprenticeships, with courses in diabetics and operating department practice also expected to see their first cohort of students.

The university say the new apprenticeships have been developed in conjunction with the NHS, professional bodies and the private sector in a bid enable employers to more effectively upskill their workforce, as the healthcare industry continues to suffer from labour shortages.

The NHS People Plan estimates that, by 2024, approximately 27,000 extra allied health professionals will be needed – Sheffield Hallam University is anticipating that over 250 degree apprenticeships will start on allied health courses in 2023.

Apprenticeship Lead for Allied Health Professions at Sheffield Hallam, Aimee France, said: “We’re already seeing the impact our apprentices are making on the workforce in allied health professions and these new courses have the potential to continue to drive the workforce forward.

“The apprentices will already be working in a clinical setting and are comfortable in the environment. They also don’t need to wait until they graduate to put their skills into practice which is beneficial for them and their employer.”

This is just the latest example of the university’s trailblazing tendencies in the degree apprenticeship field. The Yorkshire university became one of the earliest adopters of degree apprenticeships back in 2015, closely followed by the establishment of the National Centre of Excellence for Degree Apprenticeships at the university just three years later.

Sheffield Hallam also became the first university to offer degree apprenticeships in physiotherapy and occupational therapy in 2019 – today, the university boasts one of the most diverse degree apprenticeship offers in the entire country.

National Health Executive, Jan/Feb, Cover

NHE Jan/Feb 22

The pioneering programmes aimed at solving the NHS workforce pressures - starting at the top

This issue highlights the latest topics within the health sector, from pioneering programmes aimed at solving the NHS workforce pressures, treatment to slow the progression of Parkinson's disease, how the UK is leading the way in cancer research & more!


View all videos
National Health Executive Presents

National Health Executive Presents

NHE365 Virtual Events

NHE has created a full calendar of events to address the most important issues that influence the delivery of healthcare services. Over 365 days you'll have the opportunity to hear from a range of highly motivating, informative and inspirational speakers. These speakers will equip you with the knowledge and unique insight to enable you to overcome the challenges that you face.

Finger on the Pulse

Ep 14. Health messaging is a science, Professor Craig Jackson

On Episode 14 of NHE's Finger on the Pulse podcast, we're joined by Professor Craig Jackson, Professor of Occupational Health Psychology
Birmingham City University to discuss the coronavirus pandemic, the health messaging around it and how those in power have missed a trick by overlooking the key role of psychology in informing the public of restrictions, measures and the ever-changing situation

More articles...

View all