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Faculty tops latest NHS London performance ratings of universities training the capital’s healthcare workforce

Fiona RossNHS London has released its latest performance ratings for universities and colleges that train the capital’s nurses, midwives and allied health professionals – and the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education has received top marks.

The Faculty has performed the best of all higher education institutions in London in therapeutic radiography, children’s nursing and learning disability nursing, and was second-top in physiotherapy.

NHS London has named the Faculty as the most improved higher education institution overall.

NHS London commissions more than £1 billion worth of education and training courses from higher education institutions each year to develop its healthcare workforce. It was the first strategic health authority in England to develop a comprehensive system for assuring the quality of the education it commissions, and this is the third year that ratings have been published. Ratings indicate whether courses are ‘fit for purpose’ and provide value for money, and provide assurance that students graduating from these courses have the right skills to deliver the best possible healthcare in London.

The performance ratings help to drive up the quality of education in the capital. NHS London uses the information as an indicator to support decisions on where to invest in future education.

According to the ratings, all of the education programmes delivered by the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education have improved in performance, and all but one have climbed up NHS London’s annual rankings.

Dr Anne Rainsberry, Deputy Chief Executive at NHS London said, “These ratings are an important part of our education commissioning process, helping us to make sure that universities are training the best possible workforce to meet London’s future healthcare needs.”

Professor Fiona Ross, Dean of the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education said, “Enhancing the quality of the student experience cannot be solved with one magic bullet. We start from the principle of valuing the individual, by recognising that our students come from diverse backgrounds. They have a range of different expectations and needs, and may experience various life events (such as health, financial or personal events) during their programmes of study.

“We address this diversity by providing personalised support such as strengthening our personal tutor systems, reviewing and providing essential feedback on academic and practice performance, and offering academic skills support, for example maths drop in sessions and study skills. We also encourage students to support each other and thereby grow in confidence themselves.”

Significant improvements have been made by many universities, who have been supported by NHS London to tackle issues such as attrition, course completion, recruitment and pass rates – all of which contribute to ensuring better value for money and promote an environment that leads to innovation and sharing of best practice.