Nursing and medical students at the University of Wolverhampton are to receive training to help them recognise signs of radicalisation in the first initiative of its kind.
The University will be working with the National Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU) and NHS to deliver the Prevent training as part of the curriculum.
Wolverhampton is the first university to provide this training to students before they go into health related placements.
University lecturers and other members of staff completed the first Workshop to Raise Awareness of Prevent (WRAP3) training recently.
The trained staff members will start to deliver the programme to students before Christmas.
Steve Baggott, University of Wolverhampton Operational Prevent Lead, facilitates the training with colleagues from CTU and NHS West Midlands.
He said: “We are the first university in the country to link up with the NHS to deliver this as a programme on the curriculum. It will be delivered to any student who will be going on placements in the health sector.
“This is a huge opportunity for the University of Wolverhampton. Prevent training is all about safeguarding, which is at the heart of everything we do, both from a University perspective and of course the NHS. I am sure the staff who will be trained to deliver the WRAP3 programme will find it very rewarding.
“Providing Prevent training to students who will be going on to work in the health sector can make real difference to people’s lives. They will be able to recognise the vulnerabilities that could leave people susceptible to radicalisation.”
Hilary Garratt, Director of Nursing in NHS England and Deputy Chief Nursing Officer for England said: “It is great to see the University of Wolverhampton working closely with the NHS to further develop the safeguarding capabilities of their nursing and medical students through Prevent training.
“All health staff play an important role in safeguarding service users, which includes the prevention of radicalisation of the most vulnerable individuals who may be at risk of exploitation.”
WRAP is a specialist workshop, designed by HM Government to give participants an understanding of the Prevent strategy.
It focuses on the ability to use existing expertise and professional judgment to recognise the vulnerable individuals who may need support.
The workshop also covers local safeguarding and referral mechanisms and people to contact for further help and advice.
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Date Issued: Monday, 30 October 2017