UK eUniversities and UK Healthcare Education Partnership announce Launch of New BSc (Hons) in Health Sciences
UKHEP Press Release
Website: UK Healthcare Education Partnership (UKHEP)
University of Leicester part
of consortium set up to develop and deliver high-quality online
post-registration modules and programmes for nurses and other healthcare
eUniversities (UKeU), the government-backed company set up to provide
online degrees from UK universities, announced in August 2003 the launch of a new
BSc (Hons) in Health Sciences (third-year, top-up) degree developed by
This course is part of the UKHEP’s drive to meet the changing learning needs of healthcare professionals across the UK and globally, and to extend the reach of UK university education world-wide through high-quality, online learning programmes.
|UK Healthcare Education Partnership (UKHEP) is a private limited company whose shareholders are the City University, London, the University of Leicester, the Royal College of Nursing and the University of Ulster|
draws together academic, technological and professional expertise in the
development and delivery of a portfolio of online, health programmes. It chose to work with
UKeU to take advantage of their purpose-built Learning Environment for the
for entry to this programme of study need to have attained a professional
qualification in a healthcare profession, normally leading to registration (and
equivalent to the first two years of a BSc). The programme consists of six Level
3 modules developed within a Clinical Governance pathway, all of which will need
to be completed to achieve the final award – BSc (Hons) in Health Sciences.
The first modules, launched in January 2004, are Leadership, Clinical
Governance, and User and Carer Involvement; with Developing Effective Practice,
Management of Change and Evidence-based Health Care being available from
September 2004. The UKHEP also plan to offer
other Bachelors degrees and Masters degrees in the fullness of time, with
professional accreditation available as appropriate.
in the character and delivery of higher education have had a marked effect on
the healthcare sector. The trend towards widening participation, lifelong
learning and global education is creating a vibrant, competitive and diverse
educational market. The personal lifestyle of healthcare professionals –
irregular work patterns and domestic commitments – means that learning
opportunities must be delivered and supported in a flexible way. E-learning with
UKeU means that students can choose when to study (24 hours a day, seven
days a week) and where to study (home or workplace or any centre with online
facilities); and course content can be reviewed and adapted quickly to respond
to the dynamics of the workplace.
Stephen Miller, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of City University and a Director of
UKHEP said: "Healthcare
practice and the supporting technologies are developing so rapidly that
traditional training systems will have difficulty keeping pace. We aim to work
with the employers to anticipate learning needs, particularly in areas of rapid
change and cross-disciplinary development, and to provide high-quality, timely
education that will complement and augment existing training programmes.
Our goal is that through the UKHEP, every
healthcare workplace can become a learning centre and every practitioner a
part-time learner. UKHEP will provide organisations with the opportunity to
deliver cost-effective education and training to a wide range of healthcare
professionals in key areas of emerging practice and thereby to enhance the
quality of patient and client care".
Beaumont, chief executive officer of UKeU said: “I am delighted that UKeU is
working in collaboration with UKHEP on this innovative new BSc in Health
Sciences. UKeU is developing a purpose-built Learning Environment that will
harness the rapid development of learning technologies. This will provide a
rich, highly interactive, fast and reliable system.
UKeU Learning Environment consists of a fully integrated set of applications
from which the student will use a single log-on point to access all study areas.
It can support multimedia content and thereby enable easier learning and also
online discussion with other students and the tutor. UKHEP students can look
forward to a rich experience using the Learning Environment. This BSc Hons
degree is the first of a portfolio of post-registration modules and programmes
being developed by the UKHEP and UKeU looks forward to expanding our
relationship with them in the future."
Notes to Editors
UK eUniversities Worldwide (UKeU) was established in May 2001, with UK Government backing, to market and support the online provision of degree courses from UK universities to students outside of the UK and businesses worldwide. UKeU also has a mandate to help widen access to higher education in the UK.
UKeU Learning Environment has been created in partnership with Sun Microsystems
and 24 x 7 worldwide service provision is delivered by Fujitsu.
launch with the first students on The Open University/University of Cambridge
programme, Learning in the Connected Economy commenced on 1 March 2003.
eUniversities Worldwide Limited is the operating company of eLearning Holding
Company Limited, whose shareholders are UK universities and colleges. Through
the holding company, UK colleges and universities have granted UKeU a licence to
deliver their courses online. UKeU is backed with £62m of funding from the UK
government, which is committed through to 2004. For more information visit
The UK Healthcare Education Partnership Limited (UKHEP) was incorporated in January 2003 as a joint venture company limited by share capital. Its shareholders – the City University, London, the University of Leicester, the Royal College of Nursing and University of Ulster – have been working as consortium since November 2000 and each has appointed two directors of the new company.
UKHEP has been set up to develop and deliver a portfolio of high-quality,
online, post-registration modules and programmes for nurses and other healthcare
professionals that will meet the emerging needs of the NHS. The UKHEP’s vision
is to make a significant contribution to the post-registration education of
nurses and healthcare professionals across the UK and internationally.
UKHEP is being funded by the UK eUniversities Worldwide (eUniversities) to
develop the first 14 modules and has also successfully bid for additional
student numbers, funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE),
as part of HEFCE’s widening participation agenda. Discussions are also ongoing
with the NHSU regarding potential collaboration.
further information contact:
Tracey Lambert, Head of Communications, UKeU, telephone 020 7932 4430, email firstname.lastname@example.org
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