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It takes strength, pragmatism and character to be a nurse. If you have it, we’ll have you.
Why choose ARU as the place to start your journey?
Well, we're the largest provider in England for nursing, midwifery, and health & social care*, and have been shortlisted for the Nursing Times Pre-reg Provider of the Year award 2023.
We offer Adult, Child and Mental Health nursing degrees so you can specialise, and follow the path that's right for you. We also offer dual registration four-year degrees, in Adult and Mental Health Nursing and Child and Mental Health Nursing as well as the newest role to join the nursing team Nursing Associate.
As a student here you'll benefit from outstanding nursing facilities, supportive staff and a great range of placement opportunities. Come and explore at our next Open Day, and see how we prepare our students for rewarding and fulfilling careers.
*Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), 2018/19 student enrolment data.
Our Cambridge, Chelmsford and Peterborough campuses all offer dedicated skill laboratories in which you can use state of the art equipment to hone your professional skills.
From mannequins, to beds and medicine cabinets, our facilities are built to replicate a busy nursing wards and give our students the practice they need to be confident before they go to their placements. We have large nursing wards on all three campuses with additional child nursing specific labs in Cambridge and Chelmsford.
We take the practice experience of our students very seriously. This is evidenced by the outstanding grading we received in the ‘fitness to practice’ category in our latest NMC inspection. This success based on strong partnerships with healthcare providers through the East of England. Find out more about our partners below, or visit our nursing placement pages to learn more about our mentors, shifts and placement locations.
Basildon and Thurrock University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust serves a population of 405,000 people in South-West Essex including Basildon and Thurrock as well as parts of Brentwood and Castle Point. The trust’s vision is to be an excellent provider of high quality, safe care for their community. The Essex Cardiothoracic Centre provides a range of services for the whole county and beyond. It works with people who need specialist treatment for heart and lung conditions and offers services such as cardiovascular services, thoracic surgery, interventional cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology.
Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust includes Addenbrooke’s and the Rosie and employs a staff of more than 8,000. The trust provides emergency, surgical and medical care and is a regional centre of excellence for organ transplantation, neurosciences, paediatrics and genetics. The Rosie is a women’s hospital and the regional centre of excellent for maternity care. The values of the trust, developed by patients and staff, are to work together and be safe, kind and excellent.
Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust provides services to about 370,000 people from Colchester and the surrounding area of north east Essex and south Suffolk. It also offers radiotherapy, oncology services and vascular surgery to a wider population. The Trust’s nursing and midwifery strategy is called Caring with pride and Colchester General Hospital has excellent facilities, including a £25m radiotherapy centre, specialist operating theatres, a surgical assessment unit and a urology day unit – to name but only a few.
Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust employs nearly 5,000 staff and provide services to around 380, 000 people from the districts of Chelmsford, Maldon and Braintree. The trusts also boasts a world renowned burns service at the St Andrew’s Centre and a county-wide plastics, head and neck, and upper gastrointestinal surgical centre. MEHT have a quality driven strategy and vision who aims to ‘Care, Excel, Innovate’. The trust has been recognised as top performing in the East of England and the Midlands SHA region for quality and performance improvements.
North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust's strategic goal is "Working together to be the best at providing outstanding care for local communities" and is currently the newest acute hospital trust in England. Formed on 1 April 2017, the trust runs three busy hospitals – Peterborough City, Hinchingbrooke and Stamford and Rutland, offering a wide variety of acute inpatient and outpatient services to a growing population.
Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest specialist cardiothoracic (heart and lung) hospitals in Europe and includes the country's main heart and lung transplant centre. Papworth Hospital’s services are internationally recognised and include cardiology, respiratory medicine, sleep medicine, cardiac surgery, thoracic surgery and heart and lung transplantation. The Trust employs more than 1,800 staff. Papworth Hospital is relocating to the Cambridge Biomedical Campus in 2018. The new 310-bed cardiothoracic hospital will offer state-of-the-art facilities which will enhance the patient experience and help Papworth to attract and retain the very best clinical expertise.
The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust is a District General Hospital providing a range of safe and reliable acute and specialist services. The majority of their services are located at The Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow, although they do have outpatient and diagnostic services at Herts and Essex Hospital, Bishops Stortford; St Margaret’s Hospital, Epping and Rectory Lane in Loughton.
Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust serves a local population on 338, 800 people and employ around 4,419 staff. The vision of the trust is to offer high quality care for every patient, every time. The hospital is the South-Essex surgical centre for uro-oncology and gynae-oncology surgery and is reputed as a centre of excellence for the care of stroke. It also provides a comprehensive range of acute services including orthopaedics, general medicine, ENT, ophthalmology, cancer treatments, renal dialysis, obstetrics and gynaecology and children’s services.
Anglia Community Enterprise is a social enterprise which provides a wide range of NHS community health services to people in North East Essex in the Colchester and Tendring districts. Additionally, they provide learning disabilities therapy, specialist nursing and health and well-being services in all North Essex. It employs over 1,150 staff and maintain an NHS ethos and support the values of the NHS constitution.
Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS trust employs over 2,200 staff and serve populations from Cambridgeshire, Peterborough, Suffolk, Norfolk, Bedfordshire and Luton. Their settings include community hospitals, community head injury services, children services, integrated contraception and sexual health services, musculo-skeletal and uro-gynaecological physiotherapy services, and school age immunisations programmes. Their vision is to provide high quality care through excellent staff and they aim to improve the health and wellbeing of people across the diverse community they serve.
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT) is a health and social care organisation, providing integrated community, mental health and learning disability services, across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, and children’s community services in Peterborough. CPFT supports around 100,000 people each year and employs more than 3,400 staff. The Trust’s largest bases are at the Cavell Centre, Peterborough, and Fulbourn Hospital, Cambridge, but staff are based in over 90 locations. CPFT is a University of Cambridge Teaching Trust and member of Cambridge University Health Partners, working together with the University of Cambridge Clinical School.
Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust provide community health, mental health and learning disability services for a population of approximately 2.5 million people throughout Bedfordshire, Essex, Suffolk and Luton, employing more than 7,000 staff across 200 sites. EPUT's organisational vision is "Working to improve lives" and is backed up by the values they operate under: Open - Empowering - Compassionate.
NELFT NHS Foundation Trust provide a range of integrated community and mental health services to population across the north east London boroughs and in Essex. They also provide an emotional wellbeing mental health service for children and young people across Essex. The trust employs 6,000 staff and serve a population of around 2.5 million. Its value are putting people first, prioritising quality, continually improving, being professional and honest and promoting what is possible: independence, opportunity and choice.
Provide deliver a varied range of health and social care community services across Essex, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, as well as some London boroughs. They employ over 1,100 people and serve a population of close to 2 million. Community settings they work in include community hospitals, clinics, schools, nursing homes and primary care settings as well as within patients’ homes. Their values are care, innovation and compassion with fun and they aim to care for, nurture and empower individuals and communities to live better lives.
We also work with Cambridge Independent Services and the Essex Independent Sector.
We are proud of our outstanding students and we like to think that they are best placed to tell you what it's like to be a nursing student here at ARU. From descriptions of varied nursing placements to tips on how to prepare for the course, we have a large range of student blogs which aim to give you some insight on what our nursing courses are really like.
Read our students' blogs.
Shortlisted for Student Nursing Times Award in 2020 and 2021
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