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Local NHS and University partnership continues to improve the student experience

Posted on 30 November 2020

York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is celebrating the success of being ranked as one of the most highly regarded places in the UK to study to become a Registered Nurse

YORK Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust works in close partnership with the Department of Health Sciences at the University of York to provide the majority of its clinical placements for students on its BSc Nursing and Masters in Nursing programmes. The Department has recently moved up the rankings in three University Guides, The Complete University Guide, The Guardian University Guide and the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide.
The rise in the rankings has been a result of continued work of staff, current students and practice placement providers to improve nursing and midwifery education at York, and cements the region’s reputation as a centre of excellence for health professional education.
Polly McMeekin, Director of Workforce and Organisational Development at York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, said: “The Trust’s successful partnership with the University of York continues to go from strength to strength. Together we educate and train high quality, proficient nurses by stimulating, supporting and initiating excellence in practice, research and education, and by providing hands-on practical experience gained in a variety of clinical placements.
“This effective partnership approach ensures our student nurses feel part of our workforce family from day one, and enhances their overall learning experience.”
The Department of Health Sciences at the University of York has a strong undergraduate community of around 550 students and welcomed its new intake of nursing and midwifery students earlier this week. It strives to provide an enriching and high quality learning experience for both nursing and midwifery students.
Professor Paul Galdas, Head of Nursing and Midwifery, University of York said: "It's fantastic news that the quality of our nursing education is being recognised in the league tables this year. Our academics are passionate and hardworking, and work in close partnership with our regional NHS and healthcare provider partners to support our students to become highly valued practitioners who make a real difference to people’s lives.”
Professor Galdas added: “Our students are recognised around the country as an ambitious community of learners who will help shape the future of nursing and midwifery in years to come.”