Ms. Sarah Woolley is the Academic Group Leader at the School of Nursing & Midwifery (Midwifery and Community Based Care) within the Faculty of Health Sciences of Staffordshire University (UK).
Ms. Woolley visited India from 15th - 18th November as a part of British Council Nursing Mission.
During her visit to India, she visited various universities and nursing colleges in Chennai and Kochi, including Sri Ramachandra University (Chennai), SRM University (Chennai), Apollo Nursing College (Chennai), Omayal Achi School of Nursing (Chennai), Samaritan College of Nursing (Kochi), Medical Trust College of Nursing (Kochi), Amrita College of Nursing (Kochi) and Carmel College of Nursing (Kochi) to discuss possible collaborations.
CI: Kindly brief us about the School of Nursing and Midwifery under the Faculty of Health Sciences of Staffordshire University (UK).
Ms. Sarah: Staffordshire University hosts a number of undergraduate and postgraduate courses within our School of Nursing and Midwifery. We deliver a BSc in Adult, Child, mental health Nursing and BSc and MSc in Midwifery. These highly popular programmes within our Faculty of Health Science are delivered at our Stafford and Shrewsbury Centres of Excellence in Healthcare educations which have recently undergone an extensive £5.5 million refurbishment.
Our programmes in undergraduate Nursing and Midwifery are three years in duration and include a minimum of 2,300 hours of theory based teaching and 2,300 hours of supported practice experience.
Our clinical placements are within acute hospitals, community care facilities General Practices, private organisations, hospices and industry and offer students an excellent opportunity to gain experience in healthcare in a variety of diverse settings.
CI: What inspired you to take up medication use in elderly and advanced clinical practice as your research topic?
Ms. Sarah: This topic has now changed. I am currently undertaking my professional doctorate and have chosen to explore the decision-making strategies of qualified nurses who are working as a nurse practitioners or advanced nurse practitioners within hospital environments and are utilising their independent/supplementary prescribing qualifications.
As an Independent/ Supplementary myself and the lead for Independent /Supplementary prescribing education within the University, I have a passion for ensuring that advanced practice education is of a high standard and that standards are maintained post qualification to ensure patient safety. I am interested to explore, therefore, how clinicians make decisions about prescribing interventions and what influences these decisions.
CI: What are the undergraduate and postgraduate courses offered at the School of Nursing and Midwifery?
Ms. Sarah: Within the School of Nursing and Midwifery we offer a number of post graduate programs- these include MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice , MSc in Public Health, and MSc in negotiated learning, the latter allows the student to tailor their study to meet the requirements of their clinical and academic needs.
We also offer a suite of continued professional development (CPD) modules which students can access to develop their knowledge and skill in specific aspects of health care, such as Diabetes, Tissue Viability, End of Life Care, and many more.
CI: Brief us regarding the international trends and practices in the field of nursing?
Ms. Sarah: Nursing is an popular choice of study internationally and many countries across the world offer education at either certificate level or undergraduate level as a minimum, although the curriculum content and learning outcomes differs depending on national legislation and professional requirements. Nursing is constantly developing as a profession with clinicians undertaking advanced practice in many areas of clinical practice.
CI: What is the purpose behind looking at tie ups with the nursing institutes in Chennai and Kochi? How will the nursing aspirants from India and UK benefit from these tie ups?
Ms. Sarah: Within Staffordshire University we collaborate successfully with a number of countries throughout the world in areas other than healthcare. We have seen little collaboration with healthcare providers and would welcome a change to this situation.
The purpose of this Nursing mission arranged by the British Council was to explore potential opportunities for development collaborative practice and collaborative research, along with scoping potential opportunities for providing higher education for qualified nurses working within India.
CI: How are the career prospects for those who tread the path of nursing? Please elaborate.
Ms. Sarah: Career prospects for Nursing are excellent with 95% of our graduates in employment or further education on qualification.
CI: Explain nursing as a course and a job from the point of view of UK and India?
Ms. Sarah: Our Staffordshire University Nursing programmes are 45 week in duration have 50% theory and 50% practice, and are focused on either, adult, child, or mental health nursing. This differs from Nursing in India where learning includes all aspects of care across the age spectrum including midwifery care. Midwifery is a separate profession in the UK.
Successful completion of a UK Nursing programme provides an internationally recognised qualification. Employment opportunities for UK graduates are varied and exciting and our graduates find employment within local NHS and independent sectors, whilst other choose to work abroad. Within India many graduates will choose to leave to work abroard with popular destinations including USA, Canada and UK.
CI: How fruitful has been your tour of collaborations in India.?
Ms. Sarah: The tour has been successful in scoping potential collaborations and has allowed the opportunity to understand the needs of Indian Nursing students and future education requirements.