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    Both Leeds Beckett & university of york are offering adult nursing with a harrogate trust scheme.

    The scheme offers a permanent contract with HDH once qualified for two years along side a preceptorship programme.

    All the placements but one will be within HDH other than the community one.

    I like the thought of an already established preceptorship programme inc that 2nd year that looks more into leadership (and the student loan repayments paid for the two years certainly helps). I know that to complete the course regardless of where the placements are I will experience surgical, medical, community etc but I don’t know if I’ll be missing out on the faster paced environment and the specialist verity that LTH can offer.

    Would I really loose out on so much?
    Maybe a smaller trust will have more time to spend with students?

    I don’t know..... is anyone else weighing these options up or have any advice to sway my decision?

    Thanks in advance

    Samantha.
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    (Original post by Mrs.Battye)
    Both Leeds Beckett & university of york are offering adult nursing with a harrogate trust scheme.

    The scheme offers a permanent contract with HDH once qualified for two years along side a preceptorship programme.

    All the placements but one will be within HDH other than the community one.

    I like the thought of an already established preceptorship programme inc that 2nd year that looks more into leadership (and the student loan repayments paid for the two years certainly helps). I know that to complete the course regardless of where the placements are I will experience surgical, medical, community etc but I don’t know if I’ll be missing out on the faster paced environment and the specialist verity that LTH can offer.

    Would I really loose out on so much?
    Maybe a smaller trust will have more time to spend with students?

    I don’t know..... is anyone else weighing these options up or have any advice to sway my decision?

    Thanks in advance

    Samantha.

    This sort of scheme has been brought in because Harrogate are struggling to recruit nurses for whatever reason. A two year contract isn't a permanent contract, it's a fixed term contract. You likely will be able to state a preference of the ward/area you want to work in but this is never guaranteed. There is a possibility you could end up tied into working somewhere which was not your 1st, 2nd or 3rd choice.

    Everywhere is short of nurses at the moment and I would be very surprised if, upon qualifying, you were not able to find a job in a major local hospital, including Harrogate. These hospitals are always recruiting. All NHS hospitals have a preceptorship scheme, as do the vast majority of private sector jobs now. Most of these are very similar, although employers still seem to like to make a big deal out of having one.

    Having all or most of your placements in one hospital is ideal if you know you want to work there or live nearby, but you may miss out on things like smaller community hospitals and, as you say, the bigger high-dependancy and emergency areas. You will get some experience of these areas in Harrogate, but they may not be the same as you would get in different hospitals.

    Smaller trusts would not have any additional time to spend with students. You are allocated a mentor wherever you are, and they are the nurse you work with. How much time staff have to dedicate to you very much depends on the staffing of the ward and how busy they are.

    I'm not trying to put you off at all, but would advise you to really look into this before making a decision.
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    Thank you so much it’s a lot to think about so I appreciate your input. After reading what you have put re tied into the contract and might not necessarily get the Ward/dept I want it’s so true, I hadn’t even thought about that & it’s not worth the risk.

    Plus it allows for more flexibility re if I want to work in primary care (where I work at the moment) or if my husband gets his own way we’ll be moving to Aus after I get the relevant experience required.

    Thanks again.
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