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:
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:
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: