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Education Update for Faculty News Letter

The New Year heralded a new education structure in the Faculty of Health Sciences, which will build on the achievements and foundations of previous education roles and functions. Establishing a strong interface between the education and administration processes both within the Faculty and across the University has been our focus since the Faculty was formed and I am pleased to say that recent validation, quality and education successes are testimony to our successful achievement of this aim.

There is continuing commitment to broadening our education portfolio with the recent expansion in Health Visitor provision and the start of the two new BSc (Hons) Healthcare Sciences’ pathways while we continue to strengthen elements of our current undergraduate and postgraduate provision such as research led education, user and carer involvement, grading of assessment of practice performance and working in greater partnership with Faculty of Medicine with our review of postgraduate provision.

The recent NMC Annual Monitoring event which took place from 31st January to 1st February was a notable success with welcome comments on our approach and obvious commitment to the programme and student experience. An outcome such as this is crucial to our continuing quality enhancement of education provision and always requires significant involvement of academic and administrative staff time in the preparation process.

We have recently received formal notification from NHS South of England regarding the high quality of our undergraduate and post graduate NHS Commissioned Education provision through the annual Contract Monitoring Performance processes.
This assessment is informed by comments and views of local employers and practice providers through a survey implemented by NHS South of England and represents the best result we have had for some time. The survey invites comments on our recruitment and interview processes, retention and attrition statistics, relationship building with local NHS Trust colleagues, employability opportunities, programme successes and management of placement learning.

As with the NMC Annual Monitoring event, this outcome is as a direct result of the efforts, commitment and energies invested by academic and administrative staff. This result will enhance our reputation in times of rapid change and competition in both NHS and HE environments.

Preparation for the University’s QAA Institutional Review, due in October 2012, is in progress and the Faculty of Health Sciences continues to play a significant role in this activity, demonstrating effective education leadership through our new roles and processes.

The main challenge will be maintaining this level of quality of our education provision while developing further the innovative and creative delivery of the student learning experience.

Rosalynd Jowett
Associate Dean Education and Student Experience

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