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Nursing Careers For All

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Cardiff School of Nursing and Midwifery Studies is recognised for its considerable success in attracting and retaining students from families who have little or no history of going to university, and the Nursing Careers For All project aims to build on this success. 

Nursing Careers For All is a pilot project based in Cardiff, offering courses, sessions, and visits to the University,  including information, advice and guidance sessions delivered in Communities First areas. The project's activity is put together in consultation with community leaders, teachers and students to ensure content and delivery is appropriate for the needs of the participants.

By improving relationships with local schools and community groups and offering new pathways to learning in Higher Education, it seeks to increase the opportunities for a fulfilling and successful career for under-represented groups within the nursing and midwifery professions.

Project Aims

  • To raise awareness amongst target groups of the benefits and advantages of the nursing and midwifery professions
  • To raise aspiration and attainment levels of under-represented groups
  • To improve the knowledge and skills of the individuals we work with, increasing their ability to make a successful application to university and Cardiff School of Nursing and Midwifery Studies   
  • To increase the diversity of our nursing and midwifery student cohorts

What do we offer?

  1. School visits and talks
  2. Information, advice and guidance drop in sessions
  3. Guided educational visits at the University Hospital of Wales  
  4. Clinical skills workshops
  5. Youth club visits
  6. Student Mentors, including face to face and e-mentoring
  7. Public open meetings
  8. Introduction to Health Careers -  8 week training
  9. Healthcare Careers & Courses ( Year 12) -   8 week course
  10. Health Care Conference
  11. Nursing Careers for All summer school  

Student Mentors

Student mentors are recruited from our current student cohorts offering one-to-one support and guidance to aspiring potential students. Current nursing and midwifery students are paired with pupils from Years 12 and 13 who are interested in pursuing a course in nursing or midwifery. Our students receive thorough training in mentoring support, and their role is to inspire, support and encourage pupils as they begin to discover their own potential. Student mentors continue to provide support through the application process and often as their mentees embark on their chosen course of study.

More Details

For further information or to request a school talk, drop in session or University visit, please contact the Nursing Careers for All Project Manager:

Sarah Fotheringham 
Telephone:  02920 917808


“I learned that [a nursing degree) is going to be tough but well worth it” (participant from session in secondary school)

“I didn’t know there were so many different types of nurses – boys can do it too!” (participant from session in secondary school )

 “The students were really buzzing with enthusiasm and said the session had been really helpful. They felt they could commit more to their studies now because they could see where it was all leading to. They were amazed by how many different types of jobs are available in health.  It was a very productive use of their time.” (Head of Sixth Form)

“ I feel really inspired” – (participant attending a session with student mentors)

NCFA in the News and elsewhere

Work Experience with Nursing Careers for all
Nursing Careers for All – developing work experience opportunities


In July 2013, four individuals from widening access backgrounds took part in a week of work experience in various healthcare settings. They also attended a day at the School of Nursing and Midwifery Studies' Clinical skills suite at Cardiff University.


NCFA was recently mentioned in the PhDays blog, run by postgraduates in Nursing and Midwifery at the School of Nursing and Midwifery Studies, Cardiff University. To read the blog, click here


Nursing Careers For All 'Experience Day'


A recent Nursing Careers For All 'Experience Day' gave several students from local Communities First areas a taste of a nursing degree programme.


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Communities First Summer School

Cardiff SONMS welcomed 30 students from Communities First areas to a 3 day Summer School last week as part of the School's Nursing Careers For All project.

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