Oxford School of Nursing and Midwifery officially launched

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

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An innovative and exciting new collaboration was celebrated yesterday (20 June) with the official launch of the Oxford School of Nursing and Midwifery.

The School is a partnership between Oxford Brookes University, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, under the umbrella of the Oxford Academic Health Science Centre (AHSC).

First announced in March this year, the School will uniquely combine education, clinical practice and research across the nursing, midwifery and allied health professions.

We are looking forward to a bright future for education and healthcare today with the formal launch of the Oxford School of Nursing and Midwifery.

Professor Alistair Fitt, Vice-Chancellor, Oxford Brookes University

With a focus on increased collaborative working and sharing best practice, the School has was been developed to better meet the challenges of a significant period of change in nursing and midwifery education.

Professor Alistair Fitt, Vice-Chancellor

Speaking at the official launch Vice-Chancellor of Oxford Brookes University, Professor Alistair Fitt said: “We are looking forward to a bright future for education and healthcare today with the formal launch of the Oxford School of Nursing and Midwifery.

“It will be very important in building on our successes and collaboration which already exist between Oxford Brookes and the local NHS.”

The Oxford Brookes Nursing and Midwifery Choir performed at the launch, led by Liz Jestico, Senior Lecturer in Children's Nursing.

Nursing and Midwifery choir

Dr Astrid Schloerscheidt, newly appointed Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean for the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences also spoke at the launch: “I believe that it is through collaborative working and sharing our strengths and expertise that we will achieve our ambitions. 

“It is so encouraging to hear of the passion and excitement there is for the Oxford School of Nursing and Midwifery. I am sure we are all looking forward to it opening its doors from August.” 

A celebratory film showcasing the importance of the new School and the students and staff it will benefit can be viewed at below.


Oxford Brookes achieves top marks in Unicef UK Baby Friendly Initiative

Midwifery programmes at the University has been called “outstanding" and been successfully re-accredited as Baby Friendly in a recent assessment for the Unicef UK Baby Friendly Initiative.

Stage 2 of the review saw a sample of students from the programmes assessed on their knowledge and skills across five themes, including enabling mothers to breastfeed and being able to manage the challenges.  Oxford Brookes achieved 100 per cent across all categories, the first university to do so. 

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