New Opportunity for Health Workers
University of Leicester and Loughborough College are working together to provide
a new Foundation Degree in Health and Illness.
degree will enable people working in, or aspiring to work in the health sector,
to take the first steps on a ‘skills escalator’ which could lead them
eventually to hospital consultant.
degree will equip graduates with the skills necessary to deal more effectively
with patients and will offer a route to further training in healthcare provision
and ultimately, for those students who demonstrate the ability and the desire to
continue, into training as doctors or nurses.
main target groups will include ward clerks, medical secretaries, junior
administration and management staff, receptionists and others in primary care,
as well as some groups of ancillary workers.
new foundation degree, which is to be run by the University of Leicester Medical
School and Loughborough College, supported by the University’s Institute of
Lifelong Learning, is supported by the University Hospitals of Leicester, and
local Primary Care Trusts.
provision of a ‘skills escalator’, giving health care staff a clear route
for career progression, is in line with current government policy on the Health
Care Workforce, for example, the foundation degree could eventually lead for
some into graduate entry to medicine at Leicester via the Health Sciences route
recently approved by the Joint Implementation Group of the Higher Education
Funding Council (England) and the Department of Health.
Stewart Petersen, Head of the University of Leicester Division of Medical
Education, commented: “This is an exciting initiative which will provide
opportunities for many staff to achieve their full potential in the new flexible
University of Leicester was the only University in the East Midlands to receive
prototype funds to develop Foundation Degrees.
The involvement of employers and national training organisations means
that foundation degrees meet national occupational standards and reflect the
needs of the employment sectors.
Donovan, the Foundation Degrees Development Officer in the University’s
Institute of Lifelong Learning said:
“This is an important development for the University, which fits with
the Government agenda on widening access and provides alternative entry routes
for people working in the health service.”
For more details about the new University of Leicester Foundation
Degree in Health and Illness please contact Professor Stewart Petersen,
University of Leicester Medical School Division of Medical Education, telephone
0116 252 3095, facsimile 0116 252 3013, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For information on applications please contact Janet Ruffoni,
Loughborough College, telephone 01509 618384 / 618286, email email@example.com
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