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£2.7m funding awarded to plug “hidden” healthcare skills gaps in the North East

In 2019, the government pledged to recruit an additional 50,000 nurses to the NHS by 2024. But what of other roles, like pharmacists and healthcare scientists, which form the “hidden backbone” of the health sector?

A new group has recently secured £2.7m, from the government’s Strategic Development Fund (SDF) which helps Further Education providers respond to skills needs, to increase healthcare training provision and align it with the needs of employers in the North East.

East Durham College who led on the bid will receive £900k, which will enable them to create a new pharma lab, clean room and extend their recently developed mock-hospital ward.


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