This document reflects students’ views of Health Education England (HEE)’s pre-nursing experience pilot programme.
The Francis Inquiry report recommended that student nurses should be required to spend a period of time working directly with patients before starting their degree course. The aim is to encourage an increased emphasis in nurse training and education on the practical side of delivering compassionate care. HEE recruited 165 potential nurses onto the pilots in 2013. Students are encouraged to adopt and demonstrate the appropriate values, attitudes and behaviours.
“The aim of the pilot was to recruit aspiring nurse students, with no or little experience, into paid HCA posts from September 2013, allowing them to gain caring experience in real jobs, testing to see if they are right for the job and that the job is right for them. The pilot is running over one year to September 2014”.
Pre-nursing experience pilot: the journey so far. London: Health Education England, February 2014.