Leyton Sixth Form College launches new nursing careers focused Care Academy

Leyton Sixth Form College officially launched its Care Academy, a unique opportunity for students who want to enter the profession of nursing. This venture has been developed in partnership with the Patients Association and has the full support of the NHS Waltham Forest Clinical Commissioning Group. 

The academy has been designed to help students develop the necessary skills, values and ethics that are at the very heart of becoming a nurse. The Care Academy will form part of the study programme for students studying either BTEC Applied Science or BTEC Health and Social Care courses and wish to pursue nursing. 

Kyla Ward, Assistant Programme Manager for Biology and Vocational Science and STEM Coordinator at Leyton Sixth Form said: “'We are delighted to be able to offer our students an opportunity to further develop the necessary skills and attributes that are vital to becoming a carer or a nurse. 

“The Care Academy has been the focus for working with employers and universities to develop a programme that will enable students to achieve their ambitions.”

The curriculum has been developed with input from the Patients Association, Twinglobe Care Homes and the University of East London. It is practical, dynamic and will thoroughly prepare students for a nursing degree. 

Helen Davenport, Director of Nursing, Quality and Governance said “NHS Waltham Forest Clinical Commissioning Group recognises the importance of forging good relationships with colleges and investing in students. 

“We are confident that this programme will encourage students to enter into a nursing career in Care Home nursing. The Care Academy will certainly bring compassion and care into nursing in Care Homes.”