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Community group behind Chichester’s new School of Nursing delighted with NMC approval

THE group behind the development of the new School of Nursing and Allied Health at the University of Chichester have spoken of their delight after the plans were officially sanctioned.

Community volunteers who have healthcare experience, and who partly designed the curriculum, were meeting for the first time since the facility was endorsed by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). The School is supported by carers and service-users and run in collaboration with University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust, alongside other allied healthcare providers.

Lead academic Dr Nita Muir, an experienced local nurse, said: “We are fortunate to be backed by a fantastic team who have a wealth of experience and professional knowledge and whose contribution helped us establish the new degree. It is thanks to the group’s input that we a full cohort have 45 students starting in September for this new and exciting adventure.”

The School of Nursing and Allied Health was recently given a double-unconditional certification by the NMC, becoming one of the country’s first new nursing providers to achieve the standard.

Located next to St Richard’s Hospital, the headquarters have undergone a £1.2million transformation, funded by the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership, and is fitted with ultra-modern clinical equipment to provide students with real-life simulation training.

Volunteer John Thompson, a former governor at the newly-named University Sussex Hospitals, said: “The students embarking on this degree will have the most amazing experience. It will provide great educational development and will help develop excellent nurses.”

Hospital service-user Val Hughes, also part of the group, has lived in Chichester since 1969 and said that healthcare has changed enormously across the last 50 years. She added: “The experience we had in contributing to the degree has been very rewarding and the course will be unlike any other in the UK.”

Chichester’s new School of Nursing and Allied Health opens to students enrolled on the BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing degree in September.

Community group behind Chichester’s new School of Nursing delighted with NMC approval