The NHS Trust Brings Practical Experience To The University Classroom
Jacky Vincent, Lead Nurse at the Hertfordshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT), has been awarded the title of Honorary Fellow of the University of Hertfordshire, strengthening the close relationship between the two organisations.
The Trust and the University of Hertfordshire are currently in discussion regarding areas where they can work together for the mutual benefit of service users and students.
As part of this close working relationship, Jacky Vincent will have input into the undergraduate nurse training at the university, using her expertise to bridge the gap between classroom theory and practical experience. This will involve a commitment to a minimum of ten hours a year, which could be divided between lectures and/or involvement in research studies, spread over a 3 year period between May 2012 and April 2015.
In return, Professor Bob Gates, Professor of and Academic and Professional Lead for Learning Disabilities, The Centre for Learning Disability Studies at the University of Hertfordshire, has been working with the Trust from 1 June. He is well regarded nationally and internationally in the field of learning disabilities, bringing with him a wealth of knowledge, skills and contacts. He will assist the Trust in the areas of publications, conferences, development of practice, and crucially in the area of workforce development.
Oliver Shanley, Executive Director Quality and Safety at HPFT commented: “The partnership arrangementbetween our two organisations is very strong and I am delighted with these appointments. Jackie Vincent’s new role and Professor Gates’ appointment is testimony to how we want to ensure our service users receive the most up to date treatment available. These additional roles will enhance the level of expert training we provide for our staff.”
Professor Bob Gates, Professor of and Academic and Professional Lead for Learning Disabilities, the Centre for Learning Disability Studies at the University of Hertfordshire said: “Strengthening our links with our partners is strategically important to us all here at the University of Hertfordshire and this is particularly so in the area of Health and Social Care. Jacky Vincent’s appointment is warmly welcomed and is the first of many such appointments that the Centre for Learning Disability Studies is to make to enhance our reputation and expertise in teaching, research and consultancy in the field of learning disabilities.”
For more information about Hertfordshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) and their work with the University of Hertfordshire, visit www.hertspartsft.nhs.uk.