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University of Worcester Nursing Students Nominated to Participate in National Care Review

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Two mental health nursing students from the University of Worcester have been nominated to participate in a national review of care quality in the NHS.

The students from the University, which is currently ranked number one in the UK for nursing in the National Student Survey after receiving a 100% satisfaction score, will form a group of 12 student nurses from the West Midlands and East region. They will work with teams of doctors, nurses, managers and inspectors from the Care Quality Commission in the Keogh Quality of Care Reviews, looking at the quality of care and treatment provided by 14 NHS trusts and Foundation Trusts that are persistent outliers on mortality indicators.

The students will receive training and development opportunities prior to commencing visits to NHS Trusts as part of a review panel.

Robert Dudley, Head of Nursing, Midwifery, and Paramedic Science, at the University of Worcester, said: “We are delighted our students have been asked to contribute to this review. This is a tribute to our students and graduates, their mentors in the practice settings and to my colleagues. We are deeply committed to preparing compassionate, well educated nurses who are able to contribute to high quality nursing care.”

The University of Worcester is the only educator of nurses in Herefordshire and Worcestershire, with 700 current nursing students in three fields of practice - Adult, Children’s and Mental Health Nursing. During the three years of their course, nursing students spend half their time at the University and half their time working in practice on the wards and in the surgeries of the health care organisations in the two counties.

With a 100% employment record, the University provides nursing students with demanding, high quality courses combined with a supportive, modern and values-led learning environment. This results in educational excellence, according to the regular reports, reviews and inspections of the Nursing and Midwifery Council, the Strategic Health Authority and the annual National Student Survey.

Helen Blanchard, Director of Nursing for Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “We are delighted to hear nursing students from University of Worcester have been nominated to participate in this highly important review.”

The Review will be led by Regional Medical and Nursing Directors of NHS England, review teams will visit the 14 Trusts whose mortality ratios have shown higher-than-expected rates for the past two years. It will focus on clinical effectiveness, patient experience and patient safety as well as clinical governance arrangements. Nursing students will provide an important perspective to the review process. It is also excellent development for our nurses of the future”.

For information on courses at University of Worcester visit www.worcester.ac.uk or for application enquiries telephone 01905 855111 or email admissions@worc.ac.uk