Published on Wednesday, 5th April 2017

Bucking the national trend, Portsmouth University has launched a new nursing degree. 120 students are now enrolled in the first year, with more to come in September. All are following a very practical course that teaches them the skills needed to practice either in a hospital or in a community setting. The new department will be based in a new £4m facility situated within St Andrew’s Court - the former Land Registry building in the gyratory.


The facilities really are impressive, with training spaces that feel like real wards or doctors’ surgeries and with some clever IT to allow not just the sharing of notes, but also the recording of practice sessions; the IT also lets students practice on mock-up patients that are much more than just shop dummies (although they still look a bit like them) and which can display real symptoms and which can react to treatment.


As a country we need our education system to focus more on supplying the skills employers actually need and this facility is a great example of that.


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