A new nursing school in South West England will welcome its first students this September, after its “pioneering” programme was given the stamp of approval.
The University of Exeter’s pre-registration course is one of the first to get the green light under the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s new education standards.
“We will develop highly professional nurses: scientist-practitioners who are capable of leading care”
The university described its undergraduate master’s programme as “pioneering” and said its ambition was to develop “outstanding nursing leaders”.
Students will study for four years and will achieve registration as an adult nurse, with the possibility for some to gain a dual registration in adult and mental health nursing.
The curriculum has been developed in collaboration with nurses, patients and NHS trusts in the area.
The course will be run at the university’s new Academy of Nursing, which was launched last year with the aim of raising nursing standards in Devon.
The academy also offers training and development to practising nurses.
The new MSci Nursing programme was approved by the NMC this month with no conditions.
“This approval is a real landmark in a strand of research and education that is a priority for us”
Sir Steve Smith
Professor David Richards, head of nursing at the University of Exeter, said: “I’m delighted with this approval, which means we are now all systems go for welcoming our first students to the University of Exeter Academy of Nursing in September.
“We will develop highly professional nurses: scientist-practitioners who are capable of leading exceptional, comprehensive, person-centred and evidence-based care in a true partnership with the people they are caring for,” he added.
Professor Sir Steve Smith, vice chancellor of the University of Exeter, said it was “highly unusual” for a programme to receive approval with no conditions. He said this was a testament to the hard work of everyone involved.
“This approval is a real landmark in a strand of research and education that is a priority for us at Exeter,” Sir Steve said. “Developing nursing is a key part of the future of healthcare and the NHS.”
The programme is structured around Exeter’s “six pillars of nursing”, which are: patient and public involvement; fundamental essentials of nursing care; evidence for practice; no health without mental health; leadership and management of healthcare; and global health.
The NHS trusts involved in scheme are Devon Partnership, North Devon, the Royal Devon and Exeter, the Torbay and South Devon.
University and trusts launch pioneering Devon nursing academy