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Healthcare Support Workers on Their Way to a Nursing Degree

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Twenty-four Glasgow Healthcare Support Workers (HCSWs) are advancing their careers after signing up to a Pre-Registration Nursing Programme through the Open University. 

The HCSW are employees of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) have been given the opportunity to advance the careers by working towards a nursing degree.   

Over the past 18 months, the practice education team in NHSGGC have been working closely with the Open University and Scottish Government to offer the opportunity of this nursing programme to its HCSWs. 

David Lamont, Lead Nurse for Practice Education said: “NHSGGC is delighted to be working collaboratively with the Open University to support the HCSWs throughout their studies.  

“This is a great opportunity to nurture and develop our own staff to work towards achieving Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) registration whilst supported in their current workplace.  

“With ninety-three places available nationally, entry to the four-year Open University Pre-Registration Nursing Programme was competitive, and it is a fantastic achievement for NHSGGC to have 24 HCSWs secure places this year.” 

Following successful completion of the four-year programme, the HCSWs will achieve a BSc (Hons) degree in Adult, Learning Disability or Mental Health nursing, leading to entry to the NMC register. 


For further information either telephone 0141 201 4429 or email [email protected]

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