Tuesday, 13 March 2012
The education and training of nurses at the University of Worcester has received a glowing report from the national professional body for nurses.
The Nursing & Midwifery Council, which sets the standards of education, training and conduct for nurses and midwives, has judged the University’s provision as ‘good’ across all five inspection areas in its latest monitoring report of pre-registration adult and mental health nursing.
The NMC report contains a number of commendations, particularly highlighting the University’s Institute of Health and Society’s “robust” selection and recruitment processes to select candidates with the right attributes for the role. The report also commends the “robust” fitness to practise processes and the emphasis in the programme on public protection.
Professor David Green, University of Worcester Vice Chancellor, said: “Along with our partners in the hospitals, hospices and health care settings, the University is committed to ensuring that all of our graduates are equipped with the right knowledge, skills and attitudes that will enable them to succeed as nurses.
“Our aim is to educate outstanding nurses who combine the best in care and compassion with thoroughly professional and up-to-date health care and I am delighted that the NMC has recognised that we are achieving this goal.”
Dr Jan Quallington, lead University nursing lecturer and former intensive care nursing sister at the County Hospital Hereford, added: “This report is testament to all the hard work by our staff and students. We strive to ensure that our nursing graduates are well prepared to be the best nurses they can be and we work very closely with our partners in the NHS to ensure students can access excellent learning opportunities in both university and practice settings to give them the best possible start to their careers. We are proud to be able to educate some of the best nurses entering the profession today.”
The University educates around 200 nurses and midwives every year, many of whom go on to work in the West Midlands region. Nursing at the University was ranked as seventh in the UK in the 2011 Sunday Times Good University Guide and in the National Student Survey 2011 nursing was ranked as the best in the West Midlands.
Penny Venables, Chief Executive of Worcestershire Acute Hospitals, said: “I was delighted to read the highly positive Programme Monitoring Report from the NMC on the teaching undertaken by the University of Worcester. Our partnership with the University is most important to us and the report serves to highlight the excellent work we have been jointly involved in over the course of the year. I look forward to building further on our partnership arrangements going forward and continuing to benefit from the excellent teaching standards this report highlights.”