The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Nursing Apprenticeships Q&A with Lyndsay Murden - National Apprenticeship Week 2022

10 February 2022

NAW2022 case study 1 v2Name: Lyndsay Murden      

Job role: Lead Nurse- Work Based Learners

CSU/area of work: Corporate Nursing

What apprenticeships do you offer?

In Corporate Nursing we work with clinical areas across the Trust to offer the Nursing Associate Apprenticeship and Registered Nurse Degree Apprenticeship.

Why do you offer apprenticeships to your staff?

We have created a career pathway for new and existing staff. This pathway can take someone from an entry level role (such as the Apprentice Clinical Support Worker Programme) to Registered Nurse, also incorporating the Nursing Associate apprenticeship.

This programme, which we call ‘Future You’, allows our people the flexibility to build their career in the way they choose. For some people this will mean completing a clinical support worker apprenticeship and staying in that job role, others, if they choose to, can apply to progress and complete Nursing Associate and Registered Nurse apprenticeships for a flexible step on/off approach where staff can complete the whole pathway or complete the first part and work as a Nursing Associate.

We offer apprenticeships because we want to invest in our existing staff and ‘grow your own’. Through apprenticeships we really want to open doors for individuals who previously thought that they did not hold the academic credits to undertake nursing.

What are the benefits of doing an apprenticeship and why would you recommend it to others?

There are loads of benefits to doing an apprenticeship at LTHT. To name just a few: whilst studying for an apprenticeship you are employed by the Trust and given time to undertake university study, allowing you to ‘earn while you learn’. You also have access to a wide variety of experiences as you will be based in a clinical area.

We also make sure that, once our apprentices pass their programme, they are given the role they have been training for. There are also opportunities for further study if desired.

As an apprentice you also have access to the same benefits and opportunities as all other members of our staff, including  a good pension, attractive annual leave entitlement, salary sacrifice schemes and other NHS discounts.

What challenges have you faced and how have you overcome them?

The main challenge we faced was introducing a new role into the workforce. To meet this challenge we put in place a dedicated Work Based Learner team, including our Education Practitioners and Learning facilitators. Their main role is to support apprentices and managers throughout the courses. They help to keep apprentices focused on competencies and training requirements and are the link to the education you receive in university and can advise on how you apply this in practice.

Do you have any advice for anyone interested in this apprenticeship?

My main advice would be to go for it! Through doing an apprenticeship at LTHT you get to ‘earn while you learn’ in a really supportive environment. This is aided as well by the support of the Work Based Learner team, University and practice areas.

In summary, apprenticeships can open doors and help you achieve the career you have always dreamed off.