25th May 1999

 

RURAL ACCESS SCHEME LAUNCHED

 

A new county-wide initiative to improve access to nursing programmes will be launched at the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside on Friday.

 

The Deputy Mayor of Lincoln Coun Richard Coupland will be among the 35 guests expected at the event, which will bring together the three education partners involved in the scheme.

 

The university’s Department of Health is working closely with the Royal College of Nursing to provide flexible nursing courses and teaching videos at the Lincoln campus and the Lincolnshire Regional Access Centres (LRACs).

 

At the launch, the Director of Continuing Professional Education, Prof Peter Birchinall, Gwen Vardigan of the RCN and LRACs Chief Executive Tony Roberts will give a joint presentation on this initiative and other work the university is doing to promote nursing in rural areas.

 

“We have a number of initiatives that will fit into a framework allowing nurses to have flexibility in professional practice while gaining academic credit,” said Health Studies lecturer Jan Gilbert.

 

Nurses and care workers will be able to use the teaching videos and take part in study sessions at LRACs in Skegness, Louth, Market Rasen and Horncastle.

 

Nursing units will also be incorporated into the new BSc first degree in Professional Practice which will commence in September at the Lincoln campus.

 

Ends

Note to Editors

 

The media are welcome to attend the event. There will be a photo opportunity at 12.30pm with the three partners and the new teaching materials. For further details please contact Sam on the number below.

 

Sam Hendley

Press Officer

Marketing (Media Relations)

Tel: 01522 886042

Fax: 01522 882088

e-mail: shendley@lincoln.ac.uk