University to Develop new Qualification

Bondholder the University of Derby has partnered with Virgin Care to offer foundation degrees to Virgin's health and social care teams across England. 

The Professional Development (Health and Social Care) Foundation Degree will be a work-based course designed for clinical support staff and care assistants aspiring to become assistant practitioners. 

After being accredited by the University of Derby, Virgin Care's training arm will begin delivering the course to its existing health and social care teams this year.

Stuart Rennison-Price, Director of People and Services at Virgin Care, said: "We are delighted to have been able to partner with the University of Derby to deliver this innovative course, and ultimately to improve the care and service we provide for the communities across England."

Dr Paula Holt, Dean of the College of Health and Social Care at the University, said: "We are extremely pleased to have developed this qualification, which will give health and social care workers in England the education, skills and competence needed in order to pursue a career as an assistant practitioner."