Tuesday, 23 September 2014
Nurse education at the University of Worcester has received a glowing report from Health Education West Midlands.
The Adult Nursing Programme at the University achieved a final rating of Green (the very highest grade possible). This grading means that Health Education West Midlands can be assured that “the University of Worcester in collaboration with its practice partners are delivering high quality adult nurses ready to work in the NHS” and “the Adult Nursing Programme is low risk”.
Health Education West Midlands is responsible for the education and training of health workers in the region and is the commissioning body for student nursing places at West Midlands’ universities.
Robert Dudley, Head of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedic Science at the University, said: “We are delighted to have received this outstanding evaluation. The report demonstrates the excellent partnership working between trusts and the University. Thanks go to the programme team, academic team, practice partners, service users, and our students.”
The Education Commissioning for Quality report highlighted a series of commendations including “a strong sense of student support and satisfaction”; “established mechanisms for students to provide feedback on their programme”; “clear mechanisms for patient feedback; and “strong placement provider relationships”.
The report also commends the University for its ‘values-based recruitment”. The University’s work in selecting trainee nurses for their qualities of care and compassion, as well as all-round professional aptitude, has won plaudits and attracted interest from all over the country.
Professor David Green, the University’s Vice Chancellor & Chief Executive, said: “I am delighted, but not at all surprised, that my nursing colleagues have earned yet more outstanding commendations for their work following an in-depth, independent inspection. The University of Worcester is committed to educating outstanding nurses for the region and beyond. Our success means that we are now inundated with excellent applicants. Together with our partners in the NHS we would love to educate more nurses and hope that we will be allocated new places soon so that we can extend this valuable work for the good of the community.”
The good news comes as the newest cohort of trainee nurses embarks on their three-years of study at the University.
First year student nurse, Sahelisiwe Thebe said: “After a career change from Law, to what I believe is my calling – nursing – Worcester has been very welcoming and is an excellent place to start my journey.”
Georgina Flowerdew, also a first year nursing student, added: “After all the bad press nursing has recently received, when choosing where to study I wanted to go to a university that had a reputation that would aid, not hinder, my success and Worcester was the obvious choice. I know that I will get the support I need through my theory and clinical assessment, ensuring I meet the standards that the Nursing and Midwifery Council demand, and making sure I become an excellent nurse.”