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University partners with healthcare trust to address NHS needs

Two of Nottingham’s largest employers are combining their strengths to develop innovative solutions that help address major issues facing mental health and community services.

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NTU V-C Prof Edward Peck with Ruth Hawkins, Chief Executive of NHT

Two of Nottingham’s largest employers are combining their strengths to develop innovative solutions that help address major issues facing mental health and community services.

Nottingham Trent University and Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, the mental health, intellectual disability and community physical healthcare provider for Nottingham and Nottinghamshire, have signed a strategic partnership agreement in order to cooperate more closely and address the challenges that the NHS is currently facing. Work will be undertaken to share knowledge and experience in a wide range of areas such as skills and talent development, student support, empowering people approaches, research and innovation, and the mutual use of facilities and equipment.

One area of focus will be workforce recruitment, retention and skills development. The University will work with the Trust to develop new pathways to enable individuals to convert or upgrade their skills. In turn, this will enable students to carry out specific project work as well as undertake work placements and experience within the Trust, leading to enhanced employment opportunities.

In another area, the partners will work together to develop a more joined up approach to student support that will improve ease of access to counsellors, deliver a more personalised approach to mental health support and provide linkages to student development and career progression.

Professor Edward Peck, Vice-Chancellor of Nottingham Trent University, said: “We are delighted to be signing this agreement with Nottinghamshire Healthcare which generates so many opportunities for both partners. It will deliver benefits to our students in both their educational development and their health and wellbeing.”

Ruth Hawkins, Chief Executive of Nottinghamshire Healthcare, said: “We are really pleased to be partnering with Nottingham Trent University. As the NHS faces the struggle of recruitment and retention of staff in these austere times it will be good to be working together to enhance the employment offer we can make and to support students in their early careers. Wellbeing is important to everyone and this will be a major part of the offer we develop together.”

This agreement is one of a series of new compact agreements the University is planning to sign with partners. This is part of its commitment to match the expertise of its academics, staff, students and graduates to the needs of a range of public and private organisations in both the region and beyond.

Prof Peck said: “As a university, we are ideally placed to work closely with partners to address our respective business needs. This strategic approach means we are able to best align our areas of strength to generate mutual benefit and future success.”

  • Notes for editors

    *         Nottingham Trent University’s five-year strategic plan “Creating the University of the Future” has five main ambitions: Creating Opportunity, Valuing Ideas, Enriching Society, Connecting Globally and Empowering People.

    *         The Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education was awarded to Nottingham Trent University in November 2015.  It is the highest national honour for a UK university and recognises the institution’s world-class research. Pioneering projects to improve weapons and explosives detection in luggage, enable safer production of powdered infant formula, and combat food fraud, led to the prestigious award.

    *         Nottinghamshire Healthcare is positive about providing integrated healthcare services, including mental health, learning disability and physical health services. Over 9000 dedicated staff provide these services in a variety of settings, ranging from the community through to acute wards, as well as secure settings. The Trust manages two medium secure units, Arnold Lodge in Leicester and Wathwood Hospital in Rotherham, and the high-secure Rampton Hospital near Retford.  It also provides healthcare in prisons across the East Midlands and Yorkshire. Its budget for 2016/17 is £444m.

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University partners with healthcare trust to address NHS needs

Published on 8 December 2016
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