Nursing academics awarded a total of £100k for two studies with Health Education England

  • Friday, November 8, 2019

The two studies, each with grants of £50,000, will focus on primary care simulation and supervision of mental health placements

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Paul Newcombe, Jane Hopping and Michelle McBride, the University of Roehampton's nursing academics, have been awarded two research grants of £50,000 each from Health Education England (HEE).

The Primary Care Simulation Project will test the use of simulation in place of primary care placements. This will involve working in partnership with an established simulation centre from the South London Simulation Network. The aims of the project are to develop and deliver simulated primary care learning experiences that can effectively replace clinical placement learning. It is hoped that this will help to increase placement capacity within primary care, by reducing the burden of nursing student placements. The project also aims to develop innovation in primary care simulation and networks between clinical practice, higher education institutions and simulation centres, to inform the development of clinical nursing education for HEE, the Nursing and Midwifery Council and others.

The second grant is for the Clinical Placements project which involves working with South West London and St George's Mental Health Trust. This project will develop and support service users and carers (Lived Experience Facilitators) to supervise students while they undertake a mental health placement.

Nursing students will gain experience of working in partnership with service users and carers, and assist them in addressing the parity of esteem between physical and mental health. The project will focus on the full patient journey so students get a broad understanding of the lived experience for individuals accessing health and care services.

The project also aims to open up more mental health placement capacity for Roehampton students, all of whom undertake a two-week mental health placement as part of their studies for BSc Adult Nursing.

Paul Newcombe, Head of Nurse Education at Roehampton, said, ‘The aim of these studies is to provide students with the opportunity to gain more experience in mental health and primary care settings, which are key areas of Roehampton’s innovative nursing curriculum. Hopefully, this project will also increase mental health and primary care placement capacity’.

The University of Roehampton currently offers a BSc in Adult Nursing, which opened in September 2019.