FINAL APPROVAL THAT will see the training of new Nurses being brought much closer to home for Moray hopefuls has been given.
The Nursing and Midwifery Council has now cleared the way for the University of the Highlands and Islands to take over the pre-registration nurse education programme for BSc mental health nursing and BSc adult nursing.
Until now, these have been delivered by the University of Stirling – now they will be operated by the UHI in Inverness and Stornoway from 2017.
Professor Crichton Lang, deputy principal of the University of the Highlands and Islands, said: “We are delighted to have gained institutional and programme approval from the Nursing and Midwifery Council, which will allow us to start recruiting students for next year.
“These nursing programmes will be an important part of our new School of Health, Social Care and Life Sciences which will align and develop our curriculum and research to meet the needs of the health and social care sectors in our region.”
Professor Jayne Donaldson, dean of the faculty of health sciences and sport at the University of Stirling, said: “I am pleased that the transfer of the pre-registration adult and mental health nursing courses in Inverness and Stornoway is progressing and that the University of the Highlands and Islands now has full NMC course validation.
“It has taken a lot of work by both universities to get to this point and I fully believe that transferring these courses to the local educational institution is in the best interest for the students studying in the Highlands and Islands.
“We will continue to support the University of the Highlands and Islands, our staff and students through this transition period and look forward to working more closely with colleagues in the University of the Highlands and Islands up to, and beyond, the transfer next year.”
Prospective nursing students from Moray can find out more about the BSc mental health nursing and BSc adult nursing courses by visiting www.uhi.ac.uk/nursing, calling the University of the Highlands and Islands course information line on 0845 272 3600, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by booking to attend one of the open days at the Centre for Health Science in Inverness on October 1, November 1, January 7 and February 1.
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