This programme is for 16 to 18 year olds who wish to start their career journey into Nursing. You will study for a Level 3 CACHE Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care at the College for three days per week and spend two days per week on placement at Aintree University Hospital, gaining significant practical hands-on experience that will develop your skills and employability further.
A key feature of this programme is the fact that you will spend 40% of your week for two years gaining hands-on work experience in a hospital setting and this will be ideal preparation to support you to move into the health profession. During your placement you will work across the Trust in ward, clinical and therapy areas in direct contact with patients, supported by ward staff and gaining firsthand experience. For example, a selection of activities you can expect to be completing during your first year include: talking and reassuring patients, feeding patients, collecting and delivering drugs, X rays, etc. and assisting in bathing and dressing patients. In addition during your second year you can expect to be involved in ward rounds and non-invasive clinical procedures.
The Cadet Programme will prepare you perfectly for university entry onto nursing, social work, youth work, paramedic or other related health or care degrees.
All Cadets will receive a free travel pass and will also receive lunch vouchers whilst on placement. Separate uniforms to be worn whilst in College and on placement will be provided free of charge.
The Nursing and Health Cadet Programme is subjected to limited places and involves a selection process run by Hugh Baird College and Aintree University Hospital.