The Open University works in partnership with all five Health and Social Care Trusts across Northern Ireland to offer a pre-registration nursing degree programme to existing employees.
In 2016, The Open University also began working in partnership with the independent sector to offer student nursing places to Healthcare Assistants employed within independent nursing homes.
Currently there are over 200 employees registered on the programme, which encompasses Adult Nursing and Mental Health Nursing.
Each of the five Health and Social Care Trusts in Northern Ireland place up to 20 employees on the programme per year. The degree takes four years to complete par- time, and is funded by the Department of Health (Northern Ireland).
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