We’re excited to announce that we’re investing over £600,000 in a simulated hospital ward, along with a range of additional healthcare training facilities, to enhance the already impressive City Hub campus offer.
A total of £620,000, 50% of which is grant funded through the Government’s T Level capital funding programme, will be spent on building a new hospital ward, including four booth beds, hospital gurneys, diagnostic equipment, personal hygiene equipment, winch and hoist equipment, rehabilitation facilities and specialist equipment for paediatric and elderly patient care.
The new centre, called the Nottingham Healthcare Hub, will enhance the College’s new T Level provision in health and science, which will be on offer as part of the new T Level curriculum from September 2023.
The ward will be complemented by the creation of two new specialist classrooms, equipped with brand new healthcare kit for students to use.
Lisa Wilson, Executive Director for Employer Services at Nottingham College, said: Nottingham College has been embarking on an ambitious and far-reaching programme of works to better align its curriculum to the needs of our local and regional economy. This latest news comes on the back of a long line of exciting funding wins for the College, totalling some £10m in the last 12 – 18 months alone. Developing our curriculum to make our education and training relevant, innovative and right for our local and regional employers to meet their immediate and future skills needs, is absolutely crucial and a clear priority for Nottingham College, and this latest project moves us closer to our goal.— Lisa Wilson, Executive Director for Employer Services
Mohammed Ramzan, Deputy Principal in charge of the College’s curriculum offer, said:
Our healthcare and science training offer is extensive, reflecting the fact that the healthcare sector is the largest employer in our city. Our young people, as well as adults training and re-training with us, come to college to gain qualifications and develop the skills they need to thrive in a healthcare career.
A simulated hospital ward offers the very best training environment for our students, offering hands-on experience using industry-standard equipment, and gives the student the chance to practice their skills working with patients and understand the pressures of a busy hospital ward. Students can develop a full picture of what a career in the healthcare sector actually entails. For T Level students who will be spending a significant chunk of their programme on a work placement, this new ward will offer a fantastic stepping stone into a real hospital environment, from next year.— Mohammed Ramzan, Deputy Principal.
The centre will be developed throughout 2022 and will be completed over the summer of 2023 in time for the first cohort of T Level students in September 2023.
Other recent projects enhancing our City Hub offer include a new Digital Media Centre with brand new TV and Film studio, podcast sound booths, audio and visual editing suites and more.
A planning application has just been submitted for an astronomy observatory dome for the roof of the City Hub building, and a new £1m science centre will open within the City Hub this September, thanks to grant funding provided by the Office for Students, enhancing our Higher Education science provision.