A new training facility for aspiring healthcare workers will open in Mansfield after D2N2 approved £580,000 investment from the organisation’s Local Growth Fund allocation.
The Local Growth Fund enables D2N2, the Local Enterprise Partnership for Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham, and Nottinghamshire, to invest in projects that benefit the local area and economy, supporting greater numbers of jobs, homes, and learners.
The new facility operated by Nottingham Trent University will be located at Vision West Notts College in Mansfield. The link-up between the two organisations will significantly improve the education and training available to local people and employers.
Training at the £1.5 million facility will be designed and delivered in partnership with local healthcare providers including the Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (SFHFT), the East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS), Nottinghamshire Healthcare Trust (NHT), Nottingham University Hospital NHS Trust (NUH), and Nottinghamshire County Council (NCC).
It is hoped that the facility will support local residents committed to pursuing healthcare careers and at the same time, help to alleviate the current recruitment challenges within front line nursing, ambulance/paramedic services and social care.
The NTU Nursing and Allied Health Provision scheme joins other D2N2-funded projects in Mansfield including the Vision University Centre also at West Notts College which benefited from £2.6m and Mansfield Town Hall which benefited from £700,000 from D2N2’s Local Growth Fund.
D2N2 Interim Chair David Williams said: “The need for high-quality healthcare professionals has never been more acute than during the current pandemic, and D2N2 is delighted to be able to provide the financial backing for this facility which will improve the lives of local residents.
“When this facility opens, learners who might never have considered Higher or Further Education, will have the opportunity to access higher paid jobs, increasing aspiration and social mobility for the entire community.”
Dr Anne Felton, head of Health and Allied Professions at Nottingham Trent University, said: “We are delighted with the opportunity to bring back the education of health professionals to the local region.
“The facility provides a huge opportunity for us to create pathways into the health professions for local communities and address many of the barriers, such as travel to placements, experienced by students that can inhibit successful completion of a healthcare course.
“The D2N2 investment will enable us to offer outstanding facilities for healthcare students, including using the latest technology to create realism in clinical skills teaching. Providing healthcare courses in the area will enable us to work with our NHS partners to address recruitment challenges and make a positive contribution to the future of the healthcare professions.”