The University of Wolverhampton is investing in new facilities to train the next generation of nurses at its Telford Campus and meet local healthcare demand.
A £180,000 new skills lab or ‘mock ward’ has been created at the Priorslee Campus after the University received approval to deliver nursing on-site from September 2019.
The University is working in partnership with Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust (SATH), to develop more opportunities for nursing students to train and gain clinical placements within the Shropshire and Telford area.
Between 20 and 25 undergraduate nursing students and 20 trainee nursing associates will start at the Telford Campus in September after the University recently received approval from the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).
By March 2022, almost 300 nursing and trainee nursing associates will be training at the Telford Campus, and there are also plans to expand provision to include Paramedic Science.
The University, which is celebrating 25 years at the Telford Campus this year, has invested £180,000 to create the new skills lab, or ‘mock ward’ which includes hi-tech equipment and hospital beds.
The students will undertake placements in hospital and community settings in Shropshire and Telford alongside their studies.
Professor Geoff Layer, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Wolverhampton, said: “The University is committed to developing the health workforce in Shropshire and we are delighted to be welcoming our first nursing students to our Telford Campus from September.
“Working in partnership with Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust, we are developing quality learning opportunities for nursing students to meet local needs and increase skills among healthcare professionals.
“In addition, we are continuing to work with the Trust to roll out the clinical fellowship programme to boost the recruitment of doctors.”
Victoria Rankin, Workforce Director at The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust, said: “We welcome the opportunity for our staff to be able to study with the University of Wolverhampton at their Shropshire site, and we look forward to working in partnership with them to increase the numbers of undergraduate nursing students from September.”
In 2018/19, more than 600 students joined the University of Wolverhampton to study a range of nursing courses at its Wolverhampton, Walsall and Burton Campuses.
This includes BSc (Hons) courses in Adult Nursing, Children’s Nursing, Mental Health Nursing and Midwifery, Masters courses and Apprenticeships.
The University is also working with SaTH to roll out the successful clinical fellowship programme pioneered with the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust to boost the recruitment of doctors.
The clinical fellowship programme, which is aimed at UK and overseas doctors who are seeking clinical experience, a high quality training programme, enhanced qualifications and career progression, follows the successful model developed by the University with New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton.
There are also plans to enhance management and leadership through the delivery of continuous professional development (CPD) programmes.