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Suffolk university does placement deal with Essex trust

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Nursing students at the University of Suffolk will be able to undertake practice placements at Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust from September.

The university confirmed to Nursing Times that 10 new placements in adult nursing would be on offer at the hospital as a result of a developing partnership.

“There has been significant interest from students regarding securing placements in Colchester”

Paul Driscoll-Evans

Currently students studying adult nursing, children’s nursing or mental health nursing are allocated placements at Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust, West Suffolk Hospital NHS Trust or James Paget University Hospitals Foundation NHS Trust in Great Yarmouth.

Paul Driscoll-Evans, the university’s head of health studies, said the move to also provide placements at Colchester would be a boon to students due to embark on nursing courses later this year.

“There has been significant interest from students regarding securing placements in Colchester so we are delighted this has been made possible by the trust,” he said.

“It is an endorsement of the good work we are doing and the positive impact our students have had on existing placement sites,” said Mr Driscoll-Evans.

“It will enhance our offering to students coming to study with us from this September and will strengthen the relationship with have with healthcare providers in North Essex,” he added.

The university said it hoped the number of placements on offer at Colchester would increase.

“The number of placements on offer at Colchester is 10 at the moment, with the potential to grow this in the coming years as the relationship develops,” said a spokeswoman.

The university currently has 559 nursing students. Managers anticipated interest in applying to nursing courses would remain high despite the scrapping of nursing bursaries.

“Nursing is an attractive career path and we expect this to remain the case regardless of the changes to bursaries,” said the spokeswoman.

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