A ground-breaking collaboration has been agreed that will see a major UK nursing school help with the development of nurse education in China.
The partnership was formally agreed this week by the Florence Nightingale faculty of nursing and midwifery at King’s College London and the Nanjing Health School, in the south west of China.
“This project represents a major development for nursing internationally”
The initially five-year project will see UK nurses provide consultancy, education and training to develop the Nanjing healthcare workforce and establish a new institution, to be known as the Nanjing Nightingale Nursing College.
King’s will work with a tripartite relationship made up of the Nanjing state government, a new hospital and a new nursing college.
It is hoped it will create a model for future research and educational partnership, according to representatives from King’s who attended a ceremony in Nanjing to sign the contract this week.
King’s was invited by the Nanjing municipal government to help develop a nursing college of international standard in Pukou, Jiangbei, which will provide both undergraduate and vocational education and training.
There will also be staff and student exchange opportunities between the UK and China.
UK college in partnership with Chinese nurse education
The contract, worth £5m in the first instance, has been achieved with the support of UK Trade and Investment, Nanjing Jiangbei Public Work Centre and the Nanjing Education Bureau.
Professor Ian Norman, the executive dean of the Florence Nightingale faculty, said: “This project represents a major development for nursing internationally.
“There is recognition in both China and the UK that nurses can play a greater role in our health services,” he said.
He added: “This initiative enables us to share best practice, and has the potential to have a transformative impact on patient care in China.”
The Florence Nightingale faculty of nursing and midwifery was formed directly from the Nightingale Training School, established and founded by Florence Nightingale at St Thomas’ Hospital in 1860.