A STUDENT nurse from Herefordshire has set up support network for his peers working on the frontline against coronavirus.

The network aims to provide support to student nurses across the UK, with Ricky Baker, from Eardisley near Kington, leading a team of volunteers who manage the account.

Mr Baker, a third year nursing student, has been affected by the University of Worcester, where he studies, postponing face-to-face teaching in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Universities across the country and are now providing lectures through online channels, and Health Education England has announced student nurses in the final six months of their degree have the option to opt-in to paid placements with the NHS.

Mr Baker said: “I am one of many student nurses who have opted in to assist the NHS for the remainder of my degree.

"Although this poses many challenges, I embarked on a career in nursing to help others, and I know that with the ongoing support from the university I can provide quality care to those I look after.

“Peer support will play a vital role in the months to come, and it is paramount that student nurses have access to continued support."

In order that children's nurses students have an online community where they can seek support and talk to like-minded people, Mr Baker set up a Twitter account to do just that.

"I am committed to providing peer support to children’s nursing students across the UK through my online peer support network on twitter, the Children and Young People Student Nurse Network @CYPStNN."

“The team of students give their spare time to curate the account and are student leaders in healthcare, being available for someone to talk to, helping to relieve any anxieties students may have.

"This is paramount going forward for the health and wellbeing of all students, and the team are committed to providing peer support to students whether they choose to opt into the frontline or remain studying at home.

"The nursing community doesn’t discriminate, and we are proud of all students, no matter their decision."