16th March 2004

 

NEW NURSING DEGREE IS FIRST IN COUNTRY

 

Nursing in the county is set to take a leap forward with the establishment of the first Family Health Nursing degree in England at the University of Lincoln.

 

At the moment Family Health Nursing can only be studied at degree level at the University of Stirling in Scotland.

 

But this is set to change thanks to a major grant of £100,000 from the Workforce Development Confederation (WDC).

 

The new degree, which will be established in Lincoln in 2005, is the first full-time undergraduate nursing programme at the university and is a substantial step forward for nursing in Lincolnshire.

 

“In the long term we hope that the degree will help towards meeting the staffing needs of the NHS in the county,” said Don Blackburn, Head of Health and Social Care at the university.

 

The degree is a fundamental extension to the university’s programme for professionals working in the health service. It will run alongside an undergraduate degree in Social Work, providing opportunities for interdisciplinary learning and working.

                                                                             

“We are creating a substantial nursing provision at the university and are committed to developing the partnership between ourselves, the health community and the WDC,” said Mr Blackburn.

 

Other major grants recently won by the School of Health and Social Care include £25,000 from NHSU, the corporate university for the NHS, to support foundation degree developments at the school and £175,000 to set up a Mental Health Research Network with the University of Nottingham.

 

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For more information contact: Lindsey Bird, Assistant Press Officer

University of Lincoln

Tel: 01522 886244 Email: lbird@lincoln.ac.uk

 

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