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National Apprenticeship Week 2019: Jayne Pattison

Jayne Pattison has just been recruited onto Virgin Care’s Nursing Degree Apprenticeship run in partnership with Greenwich University.

She is currently an Associate Practitioner with Virgin Care’s North Kent Adult Community Services based with the Sittingbourne Community Nursing team.

Having had an interest in healthcare from an early age, Jayne has wanted to pursue a career in nursing but having left school without the relevant qualifications she saw little chance of becoming a nurse.

Jayne started her career in healthcare as a carer becoming an Associate Practitioner at the Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust before moving to Virgin Care in 2016.

“This is a chance to move forward in my career and get paid whilst doing so,” said Jayne, aged 46.

As a mother, Jayne didn’t have the time or money to fund going to University to study to become a nurse. This apprenticeship has provided entry into the role she had always aspired for, allowing her to gain the qualifications whilst getting paid.

Jayne said, “I enjoy the excitement of not knowing what each day holds and meeting different people every day. I am so excited to start this new chapter of my career.”

Many of the skills associated with her current role will support her in completing the nursing apprenticeship.

During the apprenticeship Jayne will spend three days a week at university studying, and the remaining two days carrying out her current role.

She starts the apprenticeship on 18 March with an induction course at Greenwich University.

The Nursing Decree Apprenticeship provides a new route to becoming a Registered Nurse while remaining in salaried employment. Virgin Care is one of the first employers in the country to offer the new scheme via its training-arm The Learning Enterprise. By the end of the programme the apprentices will gain a BSc Honours Degree in Nursing and will be able to register as a Nurse with the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC).

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