England's Chief Nurse to open new £4.5 million School of Health Sciences

16 May 2013 15:29:44.307
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The University of Nottingham’s new £4.5million School of Health Sciences at Derby Hospital is being officially opened by the Chief Executive Nursing Officer for England.

Jane Cummings will be the guest of honour at the new school on Friday 17 May, to officially open the state-of-the-art training facility which is attached to the Royal Derby Hospital. The hospital enables nurses and allied professionals to receive tuition and practice based experience during their degree courses.

Staff and existing students have been enjoying the superior facilities on offer at the school, after moving in to the building last year.
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The launch is taking place as part of a day-long nursing conference titled ‘Commitment to Compassionate Care, which is being held at the hospital and will see Jane Cummings give the keynote conference address.

Patrick Callaghan, Professor of Mental Health Nursing and Head of the School of Health Sciences at The University of Nottingham, said: “The school extends a warm welcome to Jane Cummings. We are especially pleased that Jane will officially open our new building at Derby. This is an important milestone in the school continuing to attract people into health science professions with the values, attitudes and skills in communication, caring, compassion, commitment, competence and courage.”

Derby Hospitals Director of Patient Experience and Chief Nurse Cathy Winfield said: “We are delighted to be welcoming Jane Cummings back to the Royal Derby Hospital to address our conference. Nurses, midwives and care givers from across the county will be very interested to hear what she has to say. We as an NHS Foundation Trust place compassionate care at the centre of everything that we do and our aim as care givers is to ensure that every patient is treated with care and compassion”

The new school is home to 350 students on the University’s BSc (Hons)/Diploma in Nursing, BSc (Hons) Nursing and students studying adult, child or mental health nursing on its Graduate Entry Nursing (GEN) MSc Nursing course. In addition, the centre also caters for almost 250 healthcare professionals studying professional development courses from Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

More information about studying at the School of Health Sciences at The University of Nottingham is available  on the website.


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Notes to editors: The University of Nottinghamhas 42,000 students at award-winning campuses in the United Kingdom, China and Malaysia. It was ‘one of the first to embrace a truly international approach to higher education’, according to the Sunday Times University Guide 2013. It is also one of the most popular universities among graduate employers, one of the world’s greenest universities, and winner of the Times Higher Education Award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to Sustainable Development’. It is ranked in the UK's Top 10 and the World's Top 75 universities by the Shanghai Jiao Tong and the QS World Rankings.

More than 90 per cent of research at The University of Nottingham is of international quality, according to the most recent Research Assessment Exercise. The University aims to be recognised around the world for its signature contributions, especially in global food security, energy & sustainability, and health. The University won a Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education for its research into global food security.

Impact: The Nottingham Campaign, its biggest ever fundraising campaign, will deliver the University’s vision to change lives, tackle global issues and shape the future. More news…

About Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust:

Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust operates the Royal Derby Hospital, incorporating the Derbyshire Children’s Hospital, London Road Community Hospital and services in the community and some satellite services at other hospitals. The Derby Graduate Entry Medical School, on the Royal Derby Hospital site, is run in partnership with The University of Nottingham.

We pride ourselves on delivering high quality patient care. This has helped put us among the cleanest and safest hospitals in the country. Our vision is to continue to build on our achievements, through ‘Taking Pride in Caring’. We provide a wide range of services including specialist medical and surgical, maternity and fetal medicine, rehabilitation care and accident and emergency services. We have a total of 1,100 beds, many of which are single rooms for improved privacy and dignity for patients.

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More information is available from Amanda Wells, Communications and Media Manager, Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, on
+44 (0)1332 786 947/+44 (0)7799 337 677, amanda.wells4@nhs.ne t; or Charlotte Anscombe, Media Relations and Campaign Manager, The University of Nottingham, on +44 (0)115 748 4417, charlotte.anscombe@nottingham.ac.uk  
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