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Trust announces education and research partnership

22 January 2009

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has established a new education and research partnership with the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery at King’s College London and the Faculty of Health at London South Bank University.

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has established a new education and research partnership with the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery at King’s College London and the Faculty of Health at London South Bank University.

Undergraduate nursing and midwifery students from both universities will undertake clinical placements at Chelsea and Westminster.

They will also have the opportunity of placements at Chelsea and Westminster’s neighbours on Fulham Road in west London, The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust and Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Trust.

Chelsea and Westminster will work in collaboration with its university partners to develop and strengthen the role of nursing and midwifery research, alongside the North West London Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) which is hosted at Chelsea and Westminster.

The North West London CLAHRC has funding of £20 million over the next five years to lead research for the rapid introduction of new approaches to effective care and treatments for patients with a wide range of medical conditions.

Andrew MacCallum, Director of Nursing at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, says: “Education and research is an essential part of how Chelsea and Westminster works to provide excellent services and compassionate care for patients.

“I am committed to strengthening the role of nursing and midwifery research in the Trust and providing the best clinical experience and learning opportunities for future generations of nurses and midwives. Our new partnership with King’s College London and London South Bank University will enable us to do so.

“I look forward to developing our relationship with not only our university partners but also our neighbours on Fulham Road, The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust and Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Trust.

Professor Anne Marie Rafferty, Dean of the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing & Midwifery at King’s College London, says: “Nurses increasingly need to embrace a new professionalism and confidently adopt practitioner, partner and leader roles in their work.

“In keeping with this vision, we are delighted to be partnering with Chelsea and Westminster to fulfil our shared education and research ambitions and to produce world class nurses and midwives for tomorrow.”

Professor David Sines, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health & Social Care at London South Bank University, said: “We regard it as a great privilege to have been invited to work in partnership with our colleagues at Chelsea and Westminster. This is a most prestigious Trust that is at the forefront of London’s healthcare excellence agenda.

“Our proposed collaboration will facilitate innovation in a number of key areas and will enable us to create the headroom required to work collaboratively to assure excellence in patient care, work-based learning, translational research and evidence based practice.”