Nursing cadet scheme launched by the Prince of Wales and RCN

Cadets who complete the program will be guaranteed an interview for a Healthcare Support Worker position.

3 July 2019
Prince of Wales Cadet (Dame Donna Kinnair & HRH Prince of Wales)

Cadets will complete 105 hours of guided and experiential learning with clinical observational placements.

The Prince of Wales and the Royal College of Nursing have today launched a pioneering scheme designed to give young members of uniformed originations an introduction to potential careers in nursing and the wider NHS family.


The RCN Prince of Wales Nursing Cadet Scheme scheme aims to inspire young people, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds, by giving them access to opportunities for academic study and hands-on experience in the healthcare sector.

It will enable young people to make a valuable contribution to society and contribute to the health and well-being within their local communities and beyond.

The scheme is being piloted across the whole of Wales this year with a view to wider UK rollout in the future.

Open to cadets aged 16 to 25.

The scheme combines 105 hours of guided and experiential learning with clinical observational placements within the cadets’ local healthcare area and will initially be open to 18 cadets aged 16 to 25.


Once cadets have successfully completed the foundation phase they will be offered a guaranteed interview for a Healthcare Support Worker position.

HRH the Prince of Wales, who has given his personal backing to the initiative, launched the scheme with Dame Donna Kinnair at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital, Llantrisant.

Dame Donna Kinnair, RCN General Secretary and Chief Executive said: “Nursing requires dedication and a strong sense of public service, but it offers huge opportunities for people from all walks of life to make a real difference.

“This new scheme will give some our finest young people, especially those from less privileged backgrounds, a taste of what they can offer our profession – and what it can give them in return”.


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