Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester came to the Royal Bolton Hospital to celebrate the graduation of one of the first cohorts of nursing associates in the country.
The 19 women and one man had undertaken a two-year training nurse practitioner course run by the University of Bolton in partnership with Bolton NHS Foundation Trust. They had all been health care assistants before the course and all have now been offered nursing associate posts with the Trust.
Mr Burnham, a former Secretary of State for Health, told the group he had come to show support to the Trust which he said was going “from strength to strength “, and to the graduates — “You are pioneers,” he said.
He explained that he wanted to see new career routes for young people, especially into the NHS. “You have made history,” he said. “I am proud of you and proud of the Trust. ”
Trish Armstrong-Child, Director of Nursing at the Trust, congratulated the graduates and thanked Donna Glossop, Clinical Nurse Educator, for the support she had given them.
During the celebration the graduates received commemorative gifts and those wards and departments where they had placements received certificates of appreciation.
The course is higher education and level 5 university foundation degree over two years and gives access to further study as a registered nurse. It is on the job training with university status so students are earning as well as studying and have no fees to pay at the end of the course.
Pictured, Donna Glossop and Andy Burnham with the nursing associates.