Nursing school has new home

A new home for a school of nursing in Doncaster has been unveiled this week as they celebrated the first birthday of an innovative onsite nursing school.

BPP University, which works closely with Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust and Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (DBHT), has relocated from Tickhill Road Hospital Site, off Weston Road to premises at Woodfield Park, off Tickhill Road, Balby, and has become RDaSH’s new neighbours.  It was the first onsite university campus opened by BPP.

The first cohort of BPP nursing undergraduates started their studies in Doncaster last September. The three year full-time pre-registration programme includes ten adult students and a further ten mental health nursing students.  BPP University works with both RDaSH and DBTH to provide the students with placements.

Kathryn Singh, Chief Executive of RDaSH, said: “With the Government announcing changes to the funding system for university education in nursing, midwifery and most of the allied health professions in England the drive for attracting and retaining students is an essential factor to support recruitment and retention within RDaSH and at DBHT.”

Richard Parker, Chief Executive of DBTH, added: “This drive led to the partnership with BPP University School of Nursing, an independent provider, to develop, implement and deliver a Nursing and Midwifery Council approved undergraduate three year full time programme ‘onsite’ at RDaSH aiming to provide an opportunity to support recruitment and retention while also creating opportunities for people who may wish to study locally and gain vital work based training at DBHT and RDaSH.”

BPP University has also developed Nursing Degree Apprenticeship and Trainee Nursing Associate Programmes and these are currently being implemented.