Health Education England
Date: 15th Jul 2016
Buckinghamshire New University won two awards at a Health Education England event which celebrated contributions to excellence in education and training in north west London.
The Developing Patient and Public Engagement in Workforce Education and Training award was in recognition of an initiative which supports the recruitment and training of student nurses and social workers. It is the second award for the initiative which also won Partnership of the Year at the 2016 Student Nursing Times Awards.
Bucks New University works with Independent Voices to encourage local service users and their carers to share their experiences and shape the education of healthcare professionals.
The Independent Voices volunteers are involved in many different ways including being part of interview panels for prospective students, helping develop the students' curriculum and giving talks to build students' understanding of conditions from both patients' and carers' perspectives.
The volunteers also take part in simulations which give students the opportunity to practice their skills in a life-like setting.
The University also won an award for Most Innovative and Collaborative Approach to Driving Improvement in the Quality of Training Placements for its work with Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust and Hillingdon Clinical Commissioning Group.
This project aims to provide students with opportunities to apply nursing theory to their clinical practice in community and secondary care settings, as well as hospitals. The programme broadens the learning experience for students and supports the wider NHS agenda of sharing resources, expertise and clinical experience for the benefit of patients and service users.
Dr Carol Pook, Head of School for Pre-Qualifying Nursing and Vocational Healthcare, said:
"Bucks New University works with Health Education England north west London in its pursuit to improve the quality of healthcare for people and patients through education, training and lifelong development of staff. We play a key role in helping to train the future workforce of the NHS, ensuring our students are equipped with the necessary skills and values to provide the best possible care to patients.
"I am delighted to see our education programmes recognised at these important awards which reflect our commitment to engage with service users and provide high quality placement learning environments for our students."
First picture caption: Kathryn Smales (left) of Bucks New University and Angie Camden of Independent Voices receiving their awards.
Second picture caption: Jo Rixon (second left) of Bucks New University and Nicci Hillson of Hillingdon Clinical Commissioning Group (third left).