Student nurses at the University of Surrey are being given the chance to work at one of the world’s leading children’s hospitals under a new partnership agreement.
From this April, students from Surrey’s children’s nursing programme will be given the opportunity to undertake their clinical placement at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust.
“This is an exciting opportunity for our students to be a part of a world renowned institution.
The university said that, over their three-year programme, students “under the guidance of expert nursing and medical staff will be assigned to a range of specialist areas” within the hospital trust.
It added that, along with placements in other local trusts, the move would provide students with “well-rounded practical experience” to prepare them for a career as healthcare professionals.
In year one of the partnership, there will be 40 students overall, who will be split over two eight-week placement block.
The number will then increase to 60 in year two and three, when it will be split over three placement blocks.
Dr Melaine Coward, head of the school of health sciences at the university, said: “This is an exciting opportunity for our students to be a part of a world renowned institution.
“The range of clinical learning settings available to our students, including local district generals, community settings and an acute tertiary centres will ensure we are producing well rounded, experienced health professionals,” she added.
“Student nurses that gain placement experiences at GOSH are fully immersed into the culture”
Ben Low, practice educator for pre-registration nursing at Great Ormond Street, said: “We are delighted to be working with the University of Surrey, and look forward to welcoming their students.
“Student nurses that gain placement experiences at GOSH are fully immersed into the culture of a specialist children’s hospital,” he said.
“The students will experience caring for children within a variety of placement settings and specialities,” noted Mr Low.
He added: “We hope the experience and skills gained from this opportunity will complement the range of clinical learning settings offered to Surrey students.”
The university’s school of health sciences is ranked in the top 10 nursing institutions in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide, and number three in The Complete University Guide.