By Lee Pinkerton
The University of East London (UEL) unveiled a new state-of-the-art clinical simulation centre on 29 November at a reception marking the official launch of its new adult nursing degree.
The £250,000 simulation centre is located on UEL’s Stratford campus. Its cutting-edge tools include ’Stan’, a high-tech patient simulator mannequin. UEL hopes the new nursing course will help address the acute shortage of nurses in east London. The aim is to train local people for local jobs.
The programme is already proving extremely popular, with 600 applications for the 60 places available for the first course starting in January. A second cohort of 60 students will begin their studies next September.
Professor Nora Ann Colton, UEL’s Acting Vice-Chancellor said, “Health and wellbeing is one of UEL’s flagship areas of teaching and research. The launch of our new adult nursing programme and high-tech simulation centre underlines our commitment to the local health economy.
“This new programme will address the skill shortages in east London by producing highly trained graduate nurses to work within the local NHS, while giving local people a pathway to a challenging but highly rewarding career.”
The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), approved UEL’s new degree course earlier this year. UEL is the only approved institution for nursing based in east London.
Among the guests at the launch was Sir Keith Pearson, Chair of Health Education England.
Sir Keith said, “The University of East London will soon be able to proudly showcase the nurses that it will be helping to bring into the NHS, playing its part in this crucial work in providing an NHS fit for the future.
“As we continue to expand the nursing workforce, it is vital that we have more higher education institutions offering nursing degrees, so it is wonderful to welcome UEL to our nurse training family. With its help, we will continue to build the high-quality nursing workforce of the future. I would like to congratulate the University on the launch of this course and we look forward to continuing to work with the University in the future.
“Our nursing workforce is the driving force behind the delivery of high-quality and safe person-centred care in all healthcare settings. No healthcare system can be better than the quality of its workforce: our nursing teams are an indispensable asset to the NHS.”
UEL will run the course in partnership with the Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust and the North East London NHS Foundation Trust. The course will be 50 per cent theory and 50 per cent learning in the clinical environment, with students working alongside qualified nurses and other healthcare practitioners.
Nigel Davies, Head of Pre-registration Nursing at UEL, said the degree programme featured a number of innovations to meet the demands of the local area.
He said, “We have a focus on integrated care so we are ensuring that of the 50 per cent of the teaching that takes place in placements, half will be in community settings and half will be in hospitals. There is also a strong mental health thread running through the programme and a dedicated mental health placement in year two.
The enthusiasm and commitment to nursing in east London that we’ve seen when we interviewed the new students has been amazing.
“Sixty per cent of applicants are over 30 years old, bringing a wealth of life experiences with them. Overall, the students are from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds, just like the patients they will be caring for.”
Student - Leva Steinberga
Kenye Karamo - Deputy to the Chief Nurse, BHRUT
Paul Chesnaye, Lead Nurse at NELFT and Honorary Clinical
Lecturer at UEL
Student - Janet Omondi