UWE Bristol welcomes changes to healthcare education funding

Issue date: 20 May 2016

Professor Steve Neill

In light of ongoing consultations about government funding changes for healthcare education, the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences at the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol), Professor Steven Neill, says that he welcomes the opportunities.

Professor Neill said, “UWE Bristol welcomes the opportunities to increase and enhance the healthcare workforce required for the 21st century. Government funding changes, planned to start in September 2017, will enable increases in the numbers of healthcare professionals entering the health and social care workforce.

“Every day we hear of the many challenges facing health services. UWE Bristol has been successfully providing highly skilled graduate nurses, midwives and Allied Health Professionals for the West of England for many years. UWE Bristol works closely with our partners in the NHS and the private and voluntary sector to provide the healthcare professionals essential to ensure the best patient care outcomes for today and tomorrow.

“Not only does UWE Bristol educate the workforce of tomorrow, but also works closely with health providers and Health Education England to ensure that the current workforce maintains and enhances the skills and competencies required to meet the increasingly complex community- and population-based approaches necessary for affordable and effective care.”

Through our excellent relationships with the NHS our students at both our Bristol and Gloucestershire campuses have very high success rates and excellent employment outcomes.

“The University has invested significantly in nursing and allied professional training and has launched several state of the art simulation suites that enable students to practice in as near real life scenarios before going on work placements in hospitals.

“In 2016 our student nurses have been shortlisted for national prizes. Final Year Adult Nursing student, Rebecca Potter was shortlisted for 'The Outstanding Academic Achievement Award' by the Nursing charity, Cavell Nurses' Trust in April. Nursing and Midwifery excellence at UWE Bristol was also recognised in the shortlists for this year's Student Nursing Times Awards in April with three nominations.

“Earlier this year one of our students received a standing ovation at the Bristol Hippodrome for performing emergency CPR on a member of the audience, and just this week a UWE nursing graduate saved a victim of a stabbing incident again giving CPR.”

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