By Jayne Edwards, Multi Professional Learning and Development Manager at North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust (NCIC)


The NHS People Plan calls on organisations to boost the number of apprenticeships they offer to local people to help deliver the health service’s long term plan to improve patient care.

Within North Cumbria system, we have developed a track record of offering a range of clinical apprenticeships to our existing workforce – this includes Assistant Practitioners, Nurse Associates, Registered Nurses, Operating Department Practitioners and Advanced Clinical Practitioners. NCIC currently have 261 apprentices on programme with increasing use of levy transfer to support apprenticeships within other sectors such as primary care – levy transfer arrangements are being utilised to support GP practices to train their own Advanced Clinical Practitioners, Registered Nurses, Nurse Associates and Assistant Practitioners. Apprenticeships offer a fantastic opportunity for organisations to  invest in home grown talent and offer flexible, alternative routes into careers allowing people to earn as they learn.  

Apprenticeships are also an important element of our leadership development – with 30 health care leaders currently on the Senior Leaders Masters apprenticeship with the University of Lancaster, we are looking to run a fourth system-wide offer which will commence in December 2020. CLIC supports this programme with opportunities for shared learning, networking and a focus on learning opportunities and projects which meet system priorities.

Anyone who would like to find out more about apprenticeships can contact Jean Hill, Workforce Development Lead: jean.hill@ncic.nhs.uk