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Celebrating Brighton’s training role for International Nurses Day

As a leading institution for nurse education and training, University of Brighton is well-placed to join celebrations for International Nurses Day on 12 May.

Brighton is a top 10 UK university for world-leading research impact in allied health professions, nursing and pharmacy, with its nursing and midwifery courses ranked joint 1st in the UK for career prospects, according to the Guardian University Guide 2021.

As part of the University Alliance, Brighton is part of a cohort of institutions that trains a quarter of the UK’s nurses every year, helping to power the future of the NHS. In 2019–20, over 250 students graduated from the university as qualified Nurses, benefiting not just from superb facilities but also a raft of pioneering initiatives and brilliant partnerships with the NHS.

For example, the university’s School of Health Sciences has successfully developed a number of new apprenticeship programmes in close collaboration with NHS employers, providing routes into higher education and the healthcare sector for students from a wider participation background.

Another well-being partnership commended by professional and regulatory bodies for excellent innovative practice, meanwhile, is Time for Dementia, operated in collaboration with Brighton and Sussex Medical School, Sussex Partnership NHS trust, Health Education England and the Alzheimer’s Society among others.

This project connects pre-registration nursing and physiotherapy students with local families where someone is living with dementia, allowing students to gain invaluable experience in communication and understanding of the condition before they encounter someone with dementia in an emergency or clinical setting.

Dr Susanne Simmons, Principal Lecturer in the School of Health Sciences, and Academic Lead for Nursing, said: “Nursing students at the University of Brighton have the opportunity to engage in Inter-professional learning and explore the sustainability challenges facing contemporary healthcare delivery. During the COVID pandemic, University of Brighton students have supported the NHS, recognising that patients come first in everything the NHS does, and upholding the values of the NHS constitution – respect, dignity, compassion and working together for patients.”

International Nurses Day was created by the International Council of Nurses, and the theme for 2021 is Nurses: A Voice to Lead – A vision for future healthcare – highlighting how nursing is looking to the future, and how the profession can transform the next stage of healthcare.

Speaking about the vital role of nurses through the COVID pandemic, the Royal College of Nursing said: “Nursing staff working through the pandemic have shattered the stereotypes of nursing. The world has seen first-hand the fundamental role nursing plays in patient safety.”

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Kerry Burnett • May 12, 2021

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