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University of Worcester Shortlisted for Nurse Education Provider of the Year

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The University of Worcester has been shortlisted for Nurse Education Provider of the Year by the Nursing Times, the country’s leading specialist nursing newspaper.

The University, which is currently ranked number one in the UK for nursing in the National Student Survey, after receiving a 100% satisfaction score, is one of just five universities, from more than 70 eligible, to have been shortlisted as the pre-registration Nurse Education Provider of the Year.

The Nursing Times Student Awards 2013 will be announced on Wednesday, May 1st.

Professor David Green, the University’s Vice Chancellor, said: “Thanks to the outstanding work of the University’s specialist nursing staff, together with our partners in the Health Trusts in Herefordshire and Worcestershire, we have earned the reputation as one of the very best educators of nurses in the country. Our nursing students are very carefully selected for their ability to become outstanding caring, compassionate professionals.”

Robert Dudley, Head of Nursing, Midwifery, and Paramedic Science, at the University of Worcester, added: “We are delighted to have been shortlisted. This is a tribute to our students and graduates, their mentors in the placement and practice settings and to my colleagues. We are deeply committed to preparing the compassionate, well educated nurses of the future.”

Worcester’s project, Sustaining Excellence – Preparing the Nurses of Tomorrow, draws together a wealth of experience and skills from practice and academia to provide the best training for nurses.

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.

Penny Venables, Chief Executive of Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “We are delighted to hear that the University of Worcester has been shortlisted for the Student Nursing Times Award.

“The Sustaining Excellence – Preparing the Nurses of Tomorrow is an exciting project and well deserves this recognition. We are always extremely proud of our partnership with the University of Worcester and the work we do to train the high quality nursing workforce for tomorrow. We wish the University every success with this award.”