Nursing cadet scheme

The RCN Prince of Wales Nursing Cadet Scheme gives young members of uniformed organisations an introduction to potential careers in nursing.

Supported by HRH Prince of Wales, the scheme aims to develop and prepare them for life and to support them towards employment in nursing.

About the program

The scheme runs alongside their usual uniformed organisation activities, combining guided online and experiential learning. This includes learning modules and a clinical observational placement within their local health care region. 

Once they have completed this, cadets submit a portfolio of reflection and gain a completion certificate. They are then supported to take decisions on next steps, which can include a level 2 or 3 related diploma, a foundation degree or an undergraduate nursing degree.

Where it’s running 

The scheme is currently running across England and Wales in conjunction with the army cadet forces, combined cadet forces, St John Ambulance Cymru and St John Ambulance England. 

We are currently working RCN Northern Ireland and RCN Scotland to look at the suitability of running the scheme within their regions.

His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales speaks about the launch of the Nursing Cadet scheme Alumni

This address was shared with delegates at the launch event for the Alumni on 2 July 2021.

Watch our video

Our video below gives a bit of an insight into the cadet experience.

Prince of Wales Nursing Cadet Alumni

We will soon be launching the Nursing Cadet Alumni, providing a network for life for all our cadets. More information will be available soon.

Get in touch

For more information on the scheme, to get involved as cadet, uniformed organisation, or as a placement provider, please email
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