Date: 14th Apr 2016
Bucks New University played a leading role in an education programme which has won the Health Education England Chair's Recognition Award for Innovation and been shortlisted in the Workforce category of the 2016 HSJ Value in Healthcare Awards.
Health Education England's Partnerships in Innovative Education (PIEs) programme, set up in 2013, brings together health and social care providers, education providers and community groups from across north west London to develop learning communities across primary and secondary care.
Academics from Bucks New University, including Richard Griffin, Lynne Hudgell and June Davis have tackled issues including end of life care, falls and the prevention and care of pressure ulcers.
The Recognition Award for Innovation was presented by Sir Keith Pearson, Chair of Health Education England, at an event attended by Dr Susan Procter, Professor of Clinical Nursing Innovation at Bucks New University.
Dr Procter said: 'We are proud of our significant contribution to the PIEs programme. At Bucks we are committed to delivering programmes of study which support the evolving needs of the NHS and ensure that our students have the necessary skills to provide the best possible care to their patients.
"Innovation in teaching is paramount at Bucks. I'm delighted that the PIEs programme has engaged areas of the workforce that have not previously been reached and developed their confidence, knowledge and skills. The true success of this initiative is the significant improvement it has delivered in patient care."
Five PIEs were originally created in 2013, with eight in total running throughout 2015/16. More than 2,260 people, from more than fifty healthcare professions, have been involved.
The winners of the HSJ Value in Healthcare Awards will be announced at a ceremony on 24 May.