A generous donation from George Farha to the RCN Foundation, will enable the delivery of the first two cohorts of the RCN Prince of Wales Nursing Cadet Scheme in England.
The scheme is designed with the intention that nursing cadets can widen their opportunities for access into nursing and health related roles. This will also support the future supply of the workforce within healthcare.
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 have begun their learning journey and due to Covid-19 the launch event will take place in 2021. 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 Prince of Wales Nursing Cadet Scheme delivers core modules such as communication, leadership skills, dementia awareness and how the NHS is supported by more than 350 roles.
During the six 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 Prince of Wales Scheme team co-ordinate 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 educate and support nursing cadets on their 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.