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University and trust pen mental health nursing partnership

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Buckinghamshire New University has agreed a new collaboration with mental health provider Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust.

The teaching and research partnership between the two organisations represented an “exciting new collaboration for mental health nursing”, the university said in a statement.

Dr Alison Chambers, pro vice chancellor and executive dean of the university’s faculty of society and health, said the collaboration would “build on our existing strengths”.

“This exciting new partnership will enhance our innovative mental health nursing course portfolio,” she said. “We are looking forward to working together to continue producing high calibre graduates for North West London’s health services.”

Lis Jones, director of nursing at Tavistock and Portman, added: “We warmly welcome this exciting opportunity to work with colleagues in Bucks New University and to contribute some of our own experience and expertise to developing mental health nursing in West London.”

The Buckinghamshire-based university also announced it had renewed an existing contract for mental health pre-qualifying nursing with Health Education North West London, following a competitive tender process.

Dr Chambers said: “We are proud to retain the HENWL contract, which recognises our track record in preparing mental health nurses to meet the current and future demands of mental health services across North West London.”

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