Vice-Chancellor welcomes expansion to NHS training places

Wednesday, 09 August 2017

Professor Alistair Fitt

Professor Alistair Fitt, Vice-Chancellor at Oxford Brookes, has commented on today’s government announcement of extra training places for an additional 1,500 doctors and 10,000 nurses, midwives and allied health professionals (AHP).

Professor Fitt, who took on the role of Chair of the Universities UK Health Policy Network this month, said as part of the announcement: “We welcome the government’s expansion of the number of doctors, nurses and other health professionals. This will help to meet the workforce need and to increase participation from disadvantaged backgrounds.

“UK universities train our world class doctors, nurses and health professionals to provide leading edge care that is safe and compassionate. These fulfilling careers, shaped in our outstanding research and learning environments, deliver enormous public value.

“We look forward to continuing to work closely with the NHS to educate the high quality health professionals of the future.”

Oxford Brookes has a strong reputation for its health care programmes. 

The Oxford School of Nursing and Midwifery was recently launched and will uniquely combine education, clinical practice and research across the nursing, midwifery and allied health professions.

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).

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

Further information on health subjects being taught at Oxford Brookes can be found on the University’s Faculty of Health and Life Sciences webpages.

Detail on the Government announcement can be found on the Department of Health website.