Students celebrate successfully completing new qualifications
Thursday, 2 July 2009
The first group of healthcare professionals to undertake a course designed jointly with the University of the West of England have graduated this summer.
Two modules were created by North Bristol NHS Trust – one in neurosciences and one in renal care - both with full university accreditation.
The course has a reduced timetable of traditional face-to-face classroom based teaching and an increase in the use of online resources instead.
The two blended learning modules have been specially designed for post-graduate students in the continual professional development programme.
Mandy Freeman, clinical tutor at NBT and module leader at UWE, said she and her colleagues spent more than a year developing the online resources.
She said: “The information required for both courses has been designed to complement the face-to-face learning as part of the blended learning course.
“The approach is now widespread in many workplace environments but is a relatively new concept for neurosciences and renal services.”
A special ceremony was held at the Post Graduate Centre at Frenchay Hospital for those students who have completed the first two modules.
The students were presented with their certificates of achievement by Councillor Shirley Holloway, Chair of South Gloucestershire Council.
Also present were Dr Chris Burton, Medical Director, Carol de Halle, Deputy Director of Nursing, and consultant neurosurgeon Mr Ian Pople from NBT.
In addition, Professor Kathryn Ross, Assistant Dean in Adult Health from UWE, addressed the students on their achievements.