George Farha has been confirmed as Founding Benefactor of the first two cohorts of the Prince of Wales Nursing Cadet Scheme.
The scheme is designed with the intention that cadets can support healthcare and widen their opportunities for access into nursing in a range of settings.
Modern healthcare calls for healthcare professionals to respond to the reality of practice within which varying levels of skill acquisition and knowledge are required to meet the needs of specific client groups.
The first two cohorts of 20 nursing cadets will begin their learning journey with a launch event at Army Cadet Force England venues. Nursing cadet ambassadors from previous cohorts will give an overview of their journey and share top tips and opportunities that the scheme will offer them. The RCN will give a brief overview of the core delivery modules that they will be undertaking such as communication and leadership skills, dementia awareness and how the NHS is supported by more than 350 roles. This the first of 6 days where the groups come together for focused learning.
During the first 6 months these learning days are complemented by what’s called experiential learning activities. This is the more hands on learning which bring theory to life. So, for example in these sessions the nursing cadets will learn life skills like basic life support as well as the appropriate approach to manual handling in a safe environment.
This learning and practical experience is further complemented by opportunities to undertake clinical observational placements which run concurrently. The RCN arranges a minimum of 20 hours for each nursing cadet. The placement settings will be in both acute care as well as primary care in their local NHS such as the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust.
The long term benefit for the scheme is to reenergise and support nursing cadets back into lifelong learning. It is anticipated that they evolve into role models in their local communities, at home and wider, where they demonstrate the NHS values of integrity and honesty. They will have CV’s to demonstrate their literacy and numeracy, complemented by unique work experience, as well as new transferable skills that reflect the standards required for those wishing to pursue a further career in NHS England.