Lakes College Nurse Cadets Start Placements

Students studying on the Nurse Cadet programme at Lakes College have now started their work placements in hospitals across West Cumbria and the local community. The Cadetship was created to allow the students to study towards a Level 3 diploma in Health and Social Care while gaining valuable work experience to improve their chances of achieving a place at university.


As part of the course the students will carry out six week placements in both their first and second year of study. The placements take place in different hospitals or departments across Cumbria on a six week rotation to give them a wide range of experiences and help many of them choose which area of nursing they have interests in for further study.


Rachael Jardine, Nurse Cadet at Lakes College said: “The placement aspect of the programme was what made me apply for the Nurse Cadet course, the experience I gain will give me an advantage over other applicants at Universities and develop my understanding giving me an edge in interviews. My placement on Ward 4 deals with Elderly Care, this has prepared me for my career in Nursing by teaching me interpersonal skills and showing me how to react to certain situations. My Niece had health issues and experiencing this inspired me to become a Nurse to help other families in difficult situations.”


The programme is run in partnership with the NHS, helping to facilitate the placements and ensuring each student is accompanied at all times. Each student is paired up with a Nurse working within the hospitals who acts as a ‘buddy’ to provide support and guidance while on placement. Students accompany their buddy to each patient they visit and can approach them for help with any issues they might have while on placement.

The students are involved in hands on activities while on placement completing tasks such as personal care, making beds, feeding, observations and many more. This is excellent experience to help the students on the programme secure interviews and places at University to study Nursing.


Amanda Harrison, Practice Education  Facilitator said “CPFT staff have enjoyed supporting the cadets who have all responded in a positive manner to the support and learning opportunities that the Buddies have provided. CPFT have been fortunate enough to employ some cadets and their experiences whilst on placement have been truly beneficial when employed and working within healthcare. These students have a bright future ahead of them.”


Emma Briscoe, Nurse Cadet at Lakes College comments “My placement is on the Stroke Ward at West Cumberland Hospital. I love my placement because I get to be hands on providing personal care, moving and handling patients and completing observations including blood pressure, heart rate, respirations per minute etc. it is also preparing me emotionally for my career.”


Gina Williamson, Matron for Policies & Nursing Standards at the NHS comments: “North Cumbria Acute Health Care Trust see this as an excellent opportunity to work collaboratively with Lakes College on the Cadet Nurse Programme. It will give these young people the exposure and experience they need to pursue a career in nursing. The advantage they will have when it comes to applying for a Degree in Nursing Studies programme is invaluable. Hopefully, once qualified, they will stay local to West Cumbria which can only be advantageous to the Trust.”