The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) conducted its annual monitoring of the School of Health in March and has now published its findings.
A team examined the pre-registration nursing programme and the specialist nursing practice and return to nursing courses. Practice learning received particular praise and was officially judged as ‘outstanding’, with consistently high performance.
Overall, the report found the University provides good quality programmes for its students with no need for specific improvement.
As a result of the inspection, the School of Health received an invitation from Janet James, the Director of Reviews, to present two aspects of their work at the NMC Annual Conference. These are the University’s approach to practice placement learning and the method used to manage the monitoring process, which was also commended.
The report stated: "The strategy for student engagement to enhance the student learning experience is commendable. There is excellent partnership working between the University, its service provider partners, other education providers and the West Midlands Strategic Health Authority (SHA).”
"The SHA and service managers are clearly satisfied with the level of engagement with the University and confirm that students are fit for purpose and for practice at the point of qualification."
Dr Alexandra Hopkins (Associate Dean for Quality and Standards) said: “This is a fantastic result for the University. Our nursing education (practice learning) has been judged to be exceptional and worthy of both emulation by other education providers and of national dissemination. We look forward to the opportunity to share our good practice at the NMC national conference on September 16. The judgement by the NMC is testament to the innovative work of School staff and our partners who provide practice placements.”
The Nursing and Midwifery Council exists to safeguard the health and wellbeing of the public. This involves setting the standards of education, training and conduct that nurses and midwives need to deliver high quality healthcare consistently throughout their careers.
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