CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)-Plans for the next academic year.
The teaching staff are now beginning to return to the School to resume their academic activities. They are working at a pace to change the way we deliver our courses. Moving forward, we will be using blended and e-learning methods. We aim to roll out the modules, which were postponed during the initial stages of COVID-19, in a phased approach, starting in September 2020, over an eight-month period. This is in line with Health Education England (HEE) who have proposed an extension to the education contract period. This is to allow time for the recovery of commissions that were postponed due to the pandemic.
As you will recognise because of COVID-19, plans are constantly changing so we will, as the situation evolves, endeavour to keep you informed. The health and wellbeing of our staff and students are our absolute priority.
If you do have any questions or concerns, please refer to our Student Q&A page or contact us at Student Support Services for more information.
Cathy Wilson, Head of School, welcomed a diverse audience to the event which looked at the future of healthcare delivery and how this will be influenced by the introduction of new roles such as Nurse Associates. The key note speech was delivered by Lisa Bayliss-Pratt, Director of Nursing and Deputy Director of Education and Qualify for Health Education England.
She stressed that the emergence of new roles gave the NHS the opportunity to upskill an existing workforce while also appealing to new potential employees. The hope is that the incentives of career development opportunities will make more people see nursing as a career for life.
Liz Bishop, Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Executive of The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust showcased how the radiography service has embraced the development of its staff to play a more active role in the radiotherapy planning process and discussed the benefits to the department and the patients.
Jon Knox shared his experiences of working as a Plastics and Reconstructive Surgery Advanced Nurse Practitioner at The Royal Marsden, and we also heard from Alistair Ritchie, who is currently training to be an Advanced Critical Care Practitioner. Both highlighted the importance of collaborative working in their new roles and also the career progression they have both achieved.
Presentations from the event can be downloaded below.
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