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UEL given AEI status by the NMC

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Gaining AEI status (approved education institution) from The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) is a vital step in the journey of being able to offer a BSc course in adult nursing.


by Lee Pinkerton

The University of East London (UEL) has been given AEI status (approved education institution) by The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) - a vital step in the journey to being able to offer a BSc course in adult nursing in the new year. 

This will make it the only approved institution in east London.
Nurses and midwives now need a degree to practise, and this reflects how complex and responsible their roles have become.  The NMC set standards, guidance and requirements for nursing and midwifery education across the UK.   

NMC approval is a two-step process – the first being approval of the Institution (AEI), and the second being programme approval, which is expected in July and will enable UEL to deliver the BSc (Hons) Nursing (Adult) course from January 2018.

UEL will be running this course as a partnership with the Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals and North East London Foundation NHS Trusts.  Dean of UEL’s School of Health, Sport and Bioscience, Charmagne Barnes, explained how this will work. 

“The new course will be 50 per cent theory and 50 per cent learning in the clinical environment, with students working alongside qualified nurses and clinicians.”
Mrs Barnes, herself a qualified nurse, said, “At present there is no local provision for pre-registration nursing within east London.

“With our NHS partners, it is anticipated that that by recruiting onto the course from the local community, the future workforce will be supplied by locally educated nurses who will stay in the area and contribute to the health economy.”

By training local people for local jobs, UEL hopes that the new course will go some way to addressing the acute shortage of nurses in east London.

Last year, a report by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) revealed that there were more than 10,000 unfilled nursing vacancies across London, including more than 1,044 vacant posts at the Barts Health NHS Trust and 333 at the Barking, Havering and Redbridge NHS Trust.