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Islanders encouraged to consider a career in healthcare



Health and Community Services have a range of undergraduate degree programmes available to study at the HCS Education Centre in Jersey, including Nursing (adult, mental health, children and young people) and Midwifery. There is also a suite of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes for healthcare professionals. 


Islanders are encouraged to consider a career in Health, to help Jersey to continue delivering care to those in need. A career in Health is described as fulfilling and offers a variety of opportunities and positions at all educational levels. 


The degree programmes are run by a multidisciplinary team who are professional, enthusiastic and committed to supporting students of all ages, backgrounds and nationalities, who are studying to be healthcare professionals. The centre provides a unique opportunity for students to live at home whilst studying. 


The centre is well-equipped and inter-professional, which allows the teaching team to facilitate the theoretical components of healthcare education courses in classroom-style environments. The centre also has two simulation suites for the delivery of clinical skills training and skills practice, through simulated learning in a safe and secure environment that replicates the clinical area. 


Dr Hazel McWhinnie, Head of Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professional Education, said: “In 2023 we were thrilled to welcome 14 adult student nurses, eight mental health student nurses, two midwives and four student operating department practitioners to the Education Centre. As we enter a New Year, I am encouraging Islanders to consider studying in healthcare, with the view to becoming the future of our healthcare services. 


“In the past we have welcomed a range of individuals to our programmes, including school leavers, students from other education access programmes, Islanders who want to change the direction of their career, students with parental/caring responsibilities, students of different nationalities and many neurodiverse students. I am so pleased we have such a supportive team who can help all students, regardless of background and study experience.” 

To help Islanders to find out more, senior lecturers and practice education facilitators will be available at drop-in sessions in January, where people can talk through the range of options and receive advice on suitable programmes. In addition, current students will be present, from all areas, and available to share their experiences with potential applicants.


The drop-in sessions will take place at the Education Centre, Peter Crill House, Jersey General Hospital, on the following dates: 


  • Saturday 13 January 2024 – 10:00-15:00 

  • Wednesday 17 January 2024 – 15:00-19:00 

  • Saturday 27 January 2024 – 10:00-15:00 

The courses start in September, and places are limited. Islanders are encouraged to submit their application by 1 March 2024. 


Funding is also available and will be discussed at the drop-in sessions and on an individual basis. All successful students are guaranteed a position at Health and Community Services, upon successful completion of their degree programme.

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