Adrian Debney, senior nurse educator at the School of Nursing, left, and principal David Pomfret at the construction site.

The building of a new £597,000 School of Nursing in King’s Lynn has got underway.

The two-storey facility will consist of three rooms – a clinical room, a high-tech simulation suite and a clinical skills room at the College of West Anglia site.

David Pomfret, college principal, said: “We are excited to forge ahead with the new state-of-the-art training facility in order to provide progressive career routes into nursing, working closely with Queen Elizabeth Hospital and Anglia Ruskin University, and with support from KLWNBC and the Town Deal Board to foster and retain local talent.”

A £597,000 grant has been secured for the project. The cash has come from the government’s Town Deal Accelerated Funding following a bid by the college and the QEH, supported by West Norfolk Council and the Town Deal Board.

The school is due to recruit its first cohort of 14 students directly from the QEH workforce onto the new Level 5 Nursing Associate Apprenticeship early next year.

To strengthen its development and support its registration as a training provider with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, the school will collaborate with Anglia Ruskin University to deliver the course.

Alice Webster, chief nurse at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital said: “I am delighted that construction work has started on site. 

“This important facility will bring a state-of-the-art School of Nursing Studies to West Norfolk, supporting our future workforce needs and providing career opportunities for those in our local community wishing to study nursing closer to home.”