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Major private healthcare provider partners with university

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The UK’s largest private healthcare provider has announced that is to work on a tailored staff training programme with a university in the North East.

BMI Healthcare has entered into a partnership with the Teesside University’ school of health and social care to accredit a range of qualifications for its workforce.

BMI Healthcare/Teesside University

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Marion Grieves (left), dean of Teesside’s school of health and social care, and Jenny McKnight

The university has worked with BMI Healthcare to design a total of six new modules leading to academic qualifications, which will be delivered to staff.

Among others, topics covered by the new qualifications include operating department healthcare assistant, ward based healthcare assistant and mentorship in practice.

Linda Nelson, the school’s assistant dean for business engagement and collaborative provision, said: “We hope this will be the beginning of a long and fruitful working relationship.”

BMI Healthcare has 59 hospitals and clinics throughout the UK. It offers 115 different specialties and services, with centres of excellence in spinal, orthopaedic, neuro, cardiac and cancer care.

Jenny McKnight, head of people development at BMI, said: “We are really looking forward to working in collaboration with Teesside University.

“We found staff were extremely helpful and inventive in their approach to what we wanted,” she said.

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