Oxford Brookes praised for healthcare education

Friday, 08 November 2013

Oxford Brookes praised for healthcare education

The Chair and Chief Executive of Health Education England toured Oxford Brookes' Faculty of Health and Life Sciences where they met students training to be the next generation of nurses, midwives, occupational therapists, paramedics and physiotherapists.

Sir Keith Pearson and Ian Cumming visited simulation suites and observed students learning patient care and assessment skills.

They learnt how Oxford Brookes works with a range of partners, including Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust and Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust, who provide training placements for its students. They also heard how students are being taught how to identify and challenge poor quality care and practice.

Their trip to Oxford Brookes was part of a wider visit to Health Education Thames Valley in Oxford.

Sir Keith (pictured) commented: "In our visit to Health Education Thames Valley we have seen some of the highest standards in delivering education and training to the healthcare workforce.

"Both Ian and I were thrilled to meet students. Their enthusiasm and confidence was overwhelming as they explained why they have embarked on their chosen career and in their own way described the difference they want to make to patient care.

"We have been inspired by the great work going on here in the Thames Valley, seeing such enthusiasm for education, training and workforce planning."

They went on to meet faculty staff and enjoyed a question and answer session with students studying nursing, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, midwifery, paramedic and the health and social care foundation degree.

Sandra Hatton, Managing Director of Health Education Thames Valley, said: "Today we were able to showcase how we are commissioning high quality education for the next generation working closely with Oxford Brookes University and other partners.

"A wide range of practitioners and project leaders demonstrated how we are using innovative approaches to training doctors, nurses and other professions so they give the very best care."