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Bradford and Dewsbury join to start hospital-based nursing degree


The University of Bradford and Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust have joined together to establish a satellite nursing school and degree programme at Dewsbury and District Hospital.

The school aims to recruit up to 100 nursing students by March 2018, boosting nursing recruitment for the Trust and widening degree course participation in the local area.

A memorandum of understanding will be signed by Professor Shirley Congdon, University of Bradford Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), and Martin Barkley, CEO of Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, at a ceremony at Dewsbury and District Hospital on Tuesday 27 June 2017.

The University was asked by Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust to support greater nursing recruitment for the Trust, the idea being that a locally based degree programme would attract people who might not otherwise have thought of applying for a university nursing course outside the district.

As a result, the University agreed to offer its existing pre-registration nursing programme to students at Dewsbury, with the Trust offering Registered Nurse posts to students on successful completion of the programme.

Ruth Girdham, Head of Nursing at the University, said: “The University of Bradford, School of Nursing was thrilled to have been asked by the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust to work with them to support the development of their nursing workforce. The School of Nursing has an excellent reputation for nurse education and is looking forward to working closely with the Trust on this exciting new development. This is a great opportunity for local people to access a nursing degree programme near to home, gaining experience in the locality where they live and will practise as professional nurses.”

David Melia, Director of Nursing and Quality at Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “I am immensely proud that our Trust and the University of Bradford are coming together to establish this new School of Nursing. I know that having the School based within the hospital will really give the students an excellent education. Their experiences will be enhanced by being able to receive the majority of their academic education within a fully working hospital – it will bring their studies to life. Nursing is a wonderful profession and we need to have people with different backgrounds and experiences joining us.“

If you are interested in this course, please contact course enquiries on 01274 233081 or email

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