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New facility to train nursing professionals named after Mary Seacole

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The University of Roehampton has unveiled a state-of-the-art health innovation centre, which will train the next generation of nursing and allied health professionals within primary and community healthcare. The Mary Seacole Health Innovation Centre was unveiled in a ceremony on Wednesday, 28 September by Sir David Warren, the Chair of the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

The £3.2m health innovation centre will provide health education teaching for students from Levels 4 through 7, with a focus on primary and community healthcare. Led by medical technology advances, the centre uses Scotia Medical Observation and Training (SMOT) systems and video-assisted simulation systems, editing booths and technology to support students’ enhanced flexible teaching and learning experiences and knowledge of the latest information on medical health innovation.

In addition, the centre aims to support the growth and diversification of nursing, with a focus on addressing the changing issues within primary and community care. The facility will also allow the University to expand its degree-level healthcare courses and higher technical and apprenticeships, with courses including physiotherapy and occupational therapy introduced.

Last year, the University won a capital grant from the Office for Students (OfS) to support the development of a new Healthcare Hub as part of the University’s plans to establish the most extensive, high-quality health education offer in South London. The opening of the Mary Seacole Health Innovation Centre marks the University’s ongoing efforts to support the growing and urgent need in South London for nursing, occupational therapy and physiotherapy healthcare professionals.

The Mary Seacole Health Innovation Centre
The Mary Seacole Health Innovation Centre

Professor Jean-Noël Ezingeard, Vice-Chancellor at the University of Roehampton, said: “The opening of the Mary Seacole Health Innovation Centre underpins the University of Roehampton’s aspirations to provide students with best-in-class facilities for primary and community healthcare courses. As the demand for healthcare workers in South London looks set to grow again in 2023, our enhanced healthcare courses for students and the launch of our new courses on both degree and apprenticeship levels will help meet that demand and empower us to train the next generation of healthcare professionals in our local community.”

Today the University’s Healthcare provision includes Nursing (taught on the Roehampton campus and at Croydon College), therapeutic psychology and counselling, biological sciences and sports coaching.

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September 30, 2022

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