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Nursing school opens with university offering undergrad training for first time

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A new school of nursing based in Doncaster has been opened this week by BPP University, following the launch of undergraduate nurse training for the first time by the private higher education provider last year.

BPP University, which previously only provided postgraduate nurse training, began offering pre-registration adult and mental health nursing courses in September 2017, to coincide with the switch to loans for student nurses.

“Students are really pleased to now…not be hidden behind other healthcare students”

Lynne Gell

Its new nursing school is based at Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust, which provides clinical placements for the students alongside Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

The private education provider, which is also offering the undergraduate training in London, plans to enrol 100 student nurses annually through its three-year degree courses and wants to expand to offer a children’s nursing programme later this year.

The university said it had no plans at present to offer learning disability nursing degrees due to lack of demand from employers.

“We will be closely working with BPP to offer the students relevant work experience to support their academic study”

Judith Graham

However, it said plans to launch four-year nurse apprenticeships in adult, mental health and children’s nursing from September 2018, after being approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council to offer this type of training at the end of 2017.

Professor Lynne Gell, dean of the new nursing school, noted the university’s portfolio of nursing courses had previously sat within its health school.

She said the official opening of the nursing school yesterday would give more prominence to student nurses within the university.

“The intention of becoming a school of nursing is around visibility and marketing ourselves in that way,” she said.

“Students are really pleased to now be educated within a school of nursing and to not be hidden behind other healthcare students,” she told Nursing Times.

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Lynne Gell

“This is an extremely exciting time for us. Nursing will be a huge focus for BPP, and it is imperative that we continue to combine the academic excellence of a university with a real-life focus for our students,” she added.

Judith Graham, deputy director for organisational development at the foundation trust, said: “It’s exciting to be playing a part in the opening of this new school of nursing in Doncaster.

“The school is based on our hospital site which is excellent for the students involved,” she said. “We will be closely working with BPP to offer the students relevant and hands on work experience to support their academic study.”

The university, which focuses on courses in business and professions, was founded in 1976 as an accountancy trainer under the name of Brierley Price Prior.

Its existing school of health, which provides higher education in psychology, chiropractica and dentistry, is based in London, Abingdon and Manchester.


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