Anglia Ruskin's nursing degrees set new standards

Published: 1 July 2011 at 10:33

Patients play a crucial role in helping to design course programmes

Anglia Ruskin University is one of the first universities in the country to have met the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s new pre-registration nursing education standards.

To date, only 12 universities in the UK have fulfilled the new criteria, which are designed to ensure that newly-qualified nurses are prepared for the future needs of patients and employers. 

Rita Newland, Director of Education at the Nursing and Midwifery Council, said:

“These new standards are critical to enabling nurses to develop the skills they need to meet the changing needs of patients.

“They will help future nurses care for an ageing population, with growing numbers of people with long-term conditions, and are able to meet rising patient expectations.

“In the future nurses will need to think even more broadly, and have the confidence to lead and manage, as well as recognise and anticipate trends and future challenges.”

Universities have been encouraged to take an innovative approach, and are now required to involve patients in student selection, course design and teaching.

Vanessa Waller, Anglia Ruskin’s Acting Director of Pre-Registration Nursing, said:

“We are now offering a completely redesigned programme – entirely at degree level – which has a greater emphasis on preparation ahead of practice, in our new mock wards and skills labs.

“In designing our new courses we have worked very closely with patients and patient focus groups to find out what they expect from a nurse and what they expect a nurse to be able to do, and this has had a major influence on the content of our courses.”

The new programmes will enhance students’ skills in a wide range of areas including: providing broader knowledge of fundamentals across all fields of nursing; preparing them for new ways of working and greater use of technology; and giving greater practical experience in the community.

Anglia Ruskin offers BSc (Hons) Degrees in Adult, Child and Mental Health Nursing at its campuses in Chelmsford, Cambridge (Fulbourn) and Peterborough, and the university is working with over 35 different healthcare providers across Cambridgeshire and Essex to ensure the programmes remain up-to-date.

Professor David Humber, Pro Vice Chancellor of Anglia Ruskin and Dean of the Faculty of Health & Social Care, said:

“We are delighted that Anglia Ruskin is amongst the first 12 universities in the UK to meet the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s new pre-registration nursing standards.

“This reflects the dedication shown by both staff and students within the faculty, and highlights their passion for innovation and improving patient care.”