Nursing students at the University of Wolverhampton are to be offered placements in Shrewsbury and Telford for the first time, the higher education provider has announced.
The university said today that it had secured placements for students on its BNurs (Hons) Adult Nursing programme starting in January 2018 and to continue in September 2018.
“This is great news as it will enable us to educate more nurses”
It means that the students will study at the university’s City Campus in Wolverhampton, but complete their clinical placements in hospital and community settings in Shrewsbury and Telford.
The university said it also hoped that further placements in Shropshire would be secured from providers for students on its BNurs (Hons) Children’s Nursing course, which is taught at the Walsall Campus.
Sharon Arkell, director of the university’s Institute of Health, said: “This is great news as it will enable us to educate more nurses to enter this challenging and rewarding profession.”
She told Nursing Times that the move would initially involve placements for 10 student nurses at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust.
“We are working in partnership with Shrewsbury and Telford to extend the placements we offer within our adult nursing course at the University of Wolverhampton,” she said.
New student nursing placements to be offered in Shropshire
Source: University of Wolverhampton
“Our January 2018 intake will offer opportunities for 10 students to study at City Campus Wolverhampton and access both hospital and community based placements in Shropshire throughout their three-year course,” she said.
“We have strong partnerships with our existing practice partners and are delighted to be further developing our relationships in Shrewsbury and Telford,” she added.
Ms Arkell noted that the trust already supported students on both the university’s Trainee Nurse Associate programme and its Master of Adult Nursing course.
“We are hoping to develop further placement opportunities to our future intakes,” she said: “Placements are a crucial part of the curriculum and make up 50% of the course.”