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500 new doctors join Nottingham Hospitals

Hundreds of new doctors are starting their careers in Nottingham’s hospitals during August. Around 500 junior doctors are joining the ranks at Queen’s Medical Centre and at City Hospital to either begin or continue their training. Dr Tom Livingston, recently appointed as the Chief Registrar for Medicine at QMC, has spent several years working as a junior doctor at NUH and says he understands why so many have chosen the Trust to further their development. He said: “I think Nottingham has got a really good reputation for training and with it being so large there are lots of opportunities for training and development here. I’ve worked here as a junior doctor for several years and the training opportunities are really fantastic. You see a wide variety of things and different patients and conditions coming through the doors – everyone is very supportive. The Trust has taken a proactive approach to involve junior doctors and try and address their concerns too. Junior doctors have been meeting with executives and the Chief Executive and the feedback has been really positive. We’ve got a really good junior doctor forum and that’s been a really proactive step. They do feel really looked after and supported at the Trust.”

Innovative midwifery and nursing programme development at University of Leicester

The University of Leicester is pushing the boundaries of Midwifery and Nursing training which is being led by Professors Jayne Marshall and Dave Clarke, who bring to the University a wealth of knowledge, experience and expertise from both education and practice. Jayne’s appointment at the University of Leicester is to develop and implement an innovative 4 year pre-registration Master in Science Midwifery with Leadership programme for aspiring leaders of the midwifery profession: be it in clinical practice, education or research.  For nursing, Dave is developing a 4-year dual registration BSc (Hons) Nursing with leadership: adult with mental health and children’s nursing with mental health. The introduction of midwifery and nursing programmes at the University of Leicester will support the College of Medicine’s aspiration to form a School of Allied Health Professions and further enhance inter-professional learning and working.

DMU will train a new type of healthcare professional

Students at De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) have the chance to train for a rapidly growing healthcare role in the UK, with opportunities to engage with experienced US practitioners. Physician Associates (PAs) have been an integral part of the healthcare model in America for more than 50 years, supporting doctors in the diagnosis and management of patients. The aim in the UK is to create a new workforce that will improve patients’ access to care, with DMU launching its Physician Associate Studies MSc in response to NHS demand. Launching in September, the two-year course combines academic learning with hands-on skills. Students will have the opportunity to engage with American PAs, recruited to help the NHS realise the benefits that increased numbers of PAs could bring.

Student nurses walk for charity

A group of student nurses are to take on a 13 mile walk between Wrexham and Chester for charity. 

Fern Williams, who studies nursing in Wrexham, organised the walk in memory of her sister-in-law, Charlene Phillips, who sadly passed away last year at the age of 29 after suffering from kidney disease.

On Saturday May 13th Fern and five of her university peers will take on the 13.4 mile walk between their University Campus in Wrexham to Chester Football Club to raise vital funds for British Kidney Patient Association (BKPA).

Good luck from all at StaffAid. A great cause.