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Academic health centre aims for international nursing excellence

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A new academic health sciences centre has been launched with the aim of producing nurses and midwives with international reputations for their skills and knowledge.

Eileen Sills, chief nurse at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Foundation Trust, one of the partners in the King’s Health Partners academic health centre, said today that the organisation hoped to be producing these academic high flyers within five years.

The organisation is one of five new bodies set up to pioneer healthcare development in the UK.

Speaking at the launch of the partnership’s five-year plan for nursing and midwifery, Professor Sills said nurses would sit on all 23 clinical academic groups that will be formed across the new organisation, which will seek to bring clinical skills from the three hospital trusts together with academic skills from King’s College, University of London, the fourth partner.

The partnership will also produce measurable indicators for nursing standards, and a series of protocols, which will apply across the partnership.

Professor Sills said: ‘Nightingale nurses had an international reputation, and if we can have a similar reputation for King’s Health Partners nurses within five years, that would be success for us.’

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