Worcester Doing 'Fantastic' Work, Says Health Education England's Director of Nursing

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The Director of Nursing at Health Education England, Dr Lisa Bayliss-Pratt has called the work taking place within the University of Worcester’s Institute of Health and Society ‘fantastic’ and ‘inspirational’.

Dr Bayliss-Pratt was welcomed to the University last month, and during her visit she toured the new Clinical Simulation Centre – a facility designed to provide exceptional, simulation-based learning for students, staff and healthcare professionals – before meeting with key figures from the Institute.

The University’s Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive, Professor David Green; Head of the Institute of Health and Society, Dr Jan Quallington; Head of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedic Science, Robert Dudley; Head of Applied Professional Studies, Jane Perry; and Pre-Registration Nursing Programme Lead, Jo Rouse, all met with Dr Bayliss-Pratt to discuss the issues and challenges facing health education and the development of a workforce that can meet the health needs of the population in the future.

Dr Bayliss-Pratt said: “As a profession, we know we’ve got to look at things differently. The team here is innovative and focused on finding effective solutions that will address many of the challenges highlighted in the Francis Report.

“Workforce transition and transformation is key to creating a compassionate and sustainable workforce, and it just feels like this team is completely up for the challenge.”

“There’s an appreciation here of the importance of widening participation in providing opportunity for career development, and of education being essential for all. It feels like this is exactly what the team at Worcester are trying to achieve.”

Health Education England is responsible for commissioning the training, education and personal development of healthcare staff, and is charged with ensuring that country’s workforce evolves to provide high quality outcomes for patients.

The University of Worcester is recognised as one of the country’s leading providers of Nurse education, and has, in the last twelve months, added two state-of-the-art facilities in the shape of the Clinical Simulation Centre and a Mobile Skills Laboratory, used to uniquely deliver clinical training to the health workforce in rural communities in a mobile classroom.

After meeting students in the Clinical Simulation Centre, Dr Bayliss-Pratt continued: “It was really great to watch the students in action. They couldn’t speak highly enough of the academic institution and the placements they had been on, demonstrating a sound commitment to partnership working with practice.

“They told me about challenges they had faced, but felt supported and able to develop into their professional roles They were clear that they wanted and thoroughly enjoyed their nursing, and had a good idea about how they wanted to progress in their careers.

“It’s been a wonderful visit; not only enjoyable, but quite inspirational too. When you’re not necessarily at the front line every day, you perhaps pick up on negative things in the press, but when you come and speak to students and staff you see that there’s a lot of fantastic work going on.”

Dr Quallington adds: “The University was delighted to host a visit by the Chief Nurse at Health Education England. This was a fantastic opportunity to share ideas and solutions and to showcase the excellent and inspirational work that the team here at Worcester are engaged in.

“We are committed to developing excellent, compassionate practitioners who will be able to play a leading role in shaping health care that will meet current and future challenges.”