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New partnership between University of Surrey and Great Ormond Street Hospital

Students at the University of Surrey in the UK are being given the chance to work at one of the world’s leading children’s hospitals as a result of a new partnership with Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH).

From April 2018, students from the University of Surrey’s highly regarded children’s nursing programme will be given the opportunity to undertake their clinical placement at GOSH. Over their three-year programme students, under the guidance of expert nursing and medical staff, will be assigned to a range of specialist areas within the hospital. This opportunity combined with placements in local NHS Trusts will provide nursing students with well-rounded practical experience helping to prepare them for a career as health care professionals.

This prestigious partnership cements the University of Surrey’s position as one of the top nursing schools in the country. The University’s School of Health Sciences is ranked as one of the top ten nursing institutions in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide, and number three in The Complete University Guide, and the calibre of teaching programmes and students at the University of Surrey is widely recognised.

Dr Melaine Coward, Head of the School of Health Sciences at the University of Surrey, said: “This is an exciting opportunity for our students to be a part of a world renowned institution.

The range of clinical learning settings available to our students, including local district generals, community settings and an acute tertiary centres will ensure we are producing well rounded, experienced health professionals.”

Ben Low, Practice Educator for Pre-registration Nursing at Great Ormond Street Hospital, said: “We are delighted to be working with the University of Surrey, and look forward to welcoming their students to Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Student nurses that gain placement experiences at GOSH are fully immersed into the culture of a specialist children’s hospital, where the motto, ‘The Child First and Always’ will become the cornerstone of their nursing care. The students will experience caring for children within a variety of placement settings and specialities.

We hope the experience and skills gained from this opportunity will complement the range of clinical learning settings offered to Surrey students, to produce ‘well rounded, experienced health professionals’.”