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Bucks wins children's nurse training contract

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A university has won a regional contract to provide children’s nursing training in the south of England.

Buckinghamshire New University has been appointed by NHS South of England to provide children’s nursing education programmes from September 2012.

The university won the strategic health authority’s tender to provide programmes in pre-registration children’s nursing, completion of which offers students the option to progress to specialist training in children’s nursing, health visiting or school nursing.

Pre- and post-qualifying courses to be offered from September are:

  • BSc (Hons) Nursing (Children’s)
  • PG Dip Nursing (Children’s)
  • Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting)
  • Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (School Nursing)
  • Community Healthcare Nursing (Children’s)

The university said it would also be working with the local NHS to develop a post-qualifying neonatal programme, which is expected to start from September 2013. 

Sue West, dean of students, programmes and quality at the university’s Faculty of Society and Health, said: “This is a very exciting and unique opportunity for the university to work in partnership with Buckinghamshire and East Berkshire NHS Trusts to develop and deliver integrated education to enhance the workforce for children in the local area.”

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