GB MET and Sussex Partnership launch a Health and Care Academy

We are proud to be working in partnership with Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (SPFT) to educate and support the next generation of healthcare workers through a new Health and Care Academy.

The launch of the Health and Care Academy is the first of its kind in the South East region and enables students to work with SPFT, who provide specialist mental health and learning disability services across south east England, to gain valuable work placements and support from their dedicated healthcare mentors.

Funding for the partnership has been secured from Health Education England, to help extend the number of routes into working for the NHS through courses and work placements, which will complement what is already on offer through other traditional routes. This will include apprenticeship opportunities.

The scheme is currently being successfully piloted by students on the Access to Higher Education nursing programme who have been able to experience working in a mental health setting through a series of placements at Mill View Hospital in Hove and Meadowfield Hospital in Worthing.

Helena Thomas, Principal at GB MET, said, “We are extremely excited to be working with the Trust and are proud to be supporting the NHS to recruit much needed healthcare staff. Our new Academy will provide invaluable opportunities for our students and provide them with the foundation they need for successful healthcare careers.”

Cody, one of the Access to Nursing students taking part in a Health and Care Academy placement, said, "The experience has been very rewarding. It has changed my perspective on mental health and given me so many new opportunities and insights into how a ward is run."

The Health and Care Academy will grow over the next few years, increasing the number of opportunities within the NHS for GB MET students across the wider health and social care programmes offered by the College, including Level 3 qualifications for school leavers.

Read the full press release here.

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