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Blended learning

The Blended Learning programme has been developed to address national shortages in clinical expertise and explores the opportunities of providing predominantly online, remote-access study to those people who may have the aptitude and values to join the healthcare profession, but currently are unable to learn in traditional ways.

The courses being designed will take advantage of current and emerging innovative technologies while appealing to a wider range of potential students who, for example, have to balance commitments such as having a young family or a caring role, have challenges in relation to travel or the remoteness of where they live, as well as those who have a particular interest in technology and using their digital skills to study.

Working with seven universities and an advisory group with members from partner-organisations, Health Education England will test the concept in our first ever Blended Learning Nursing Degree programme – which started in early 2021.

Patrick Mitchell, Director of Innovation and Transformation for Health Education England, said;

“This is a critical and ambitious programme of work, to support the introduction of blended learning degrees in healthcare. It shows the way to the future of educating and training our workforce, with the use of existing and emerging learning technologies.

“It signifies how HEE is working in partnership with HEIs, to establish a radical shift in nurse education in England. We were impressed by the innovation that our chosen universities had put into their plans, especially around looking for new student markets, embracing the widening participation agenda and their use of innovative technologies. This approach has been accelerated by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, and it will really help to enable wider access to nursing degrees for people who may previously have had barriers to a nursing career.”


The evidence

See the significant results of our literature review in Related Documents below.

Henrietta Mbeah-Bankas - Head of Blended Learning and Digital Literacy Project Lead, Health Education England

Henrietta is a registered mental health nurse and provides overall leadership for the programme with Patrick Mitchell as the Senior Responsible Officer (SRO). 

Naureen Wilson - Project Manager, Blended Learning Programme

Reporting directly to the Head of Blended Learning, Naureen is responsible for the day to day activities of all projects within the programme. She also holds line management responsibility for the Project Support Officer.

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