The first cohort of Assistant Practitioner apprentices started their programme at Plymouth Marjon University today. The Higher Level Apprenticeship Assistant Practitioner course is one of twelve new health programmes launching at the University this year.
Marjon welcomed 24 students to its new apprenticeship programme from Livewell Southwest and University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust. The new students will learn in Plymouth Marjon’s brand-new simulation suite.
The suite, which will move into the University’s new Community Wellbeing Hub set to open in 2025, features a full acute hospital ward with simulation patients and an intensive care bay, as well as a GP surgery and home set-up so that students learn how to care for patients in a variety of settings.
With first-class technology, the students will work with the simulated patients to develop skills in supporting and caring for patients in a clinical setting whilst learning theory and relationship management, building their healthcare knowledge and discovering how to manage and administer medicines.
Marjon will focus on training locally and through partnerships with settings across the city, will help to fill staff shortages in medical provisions in Plymouth.
Claire Langman, Associate Dean for Nursing, Health Sciences and Practice Based Learning at Marjon, said:
“This is a really exciting day, we are so pleased that we have launched the first of our new health programmes. Marjon is here for the good of the community, and delivering courses that allow people to study locally and live locally whilst training to support their local healthcare offer just adds to our social investment in Plymouth.”
Marjon will also be launching MA Clinical Science, BSc Healthcare practitioner, and hearing degrees. With doctors only making up 10% of NHS staff, there are plenty of roles to consider.
Learn more about the Higher Level Apprenticeship Assistant Practitioner here, or find out more about studying a health course at Marjon here.