Professor Una Macleod, Dean of Hull York Medical School, which is a joint partnership between the Universities of Hull and York, said:
“We are committed to delivering programmes that are innovative, contemporary and relevant to future healthcare needs – ensuring our graduates are able to thrive in their chosen careers and specialties. Since 2003 we have trained over 1400 doctors and 2018 represents our 10th graduating cohort of medical students.
“Many of these are now working as GPs, psychiatrists and consultants throughout the region. We are proud to work with our local NHS and community healthcare providers and know that our students are, through their clinical practice, education and research, making a difference to the health of our communities.”
All our nursing and medicine graduates have gained experience and have already made a valuable contribution to the health of our community through work placements, which are an essential part of their degree course.
Simon Nearney, the trust’s Director of Workforce, said the trust, the University’s Faculty of Health Sciences and medical school shared identical goals in training, developing and recruiting the best healthcare staff.
“We work closely with the University to support students throughout their training, offering them placements to put classroom-acquired learning into practice under supervision and mentoring.
“Our strong partnership comes to a rewarding, practical conclusion because we are able to offer full-time jobs to students upon qualifying, allowing them to stay in the area beside family and friends in a vibrant, cultural city on the up.”
On Thursday, the University paid tribute to the NHS as it celebrated its 70th birthday.
Staff and students were delighted to join the nation in celebrating this remarkable organisation and gathered at the Allam Medical Building, the centrepiece of the University’s £28-million health campus. The University lit up the award-winning building in blue, joining other landmark buildings such as York Minster in shining a light on the NHS’s heritage and future promise as it delivers the healthcare of the future.
How Emma achieved her lifetime goal of becoming a nurse
Emma Shann, who is one of 238 nurses graduating at the University’s Summer ceremonies, had always wanted to be a nurse since senior school. But after school, instead of listening to her heart and being nervous about the academic side of studying nursing at University, she pursued a career in administration, even though she knew it was not the career path she really wanted.
“It was only later when I decided with more life experience and already having started my family, that I could look into achieving my life time goal of becoming a nurse.”
Emma studied at Hull College to achieve the grades she needed and started studying for a degree in adult nursing at the University of Hull with the aim of becoming a practice nursing working in a GP surgery.
“The support right from day one was amazing – from all the staff and my peers at the University. There was always help at hand – whenever I needed it. I enjoyed the way the course was planned –there was a good balance between theory and practical and all of the theory was put into practice during my placements working in hospitals and in other healthcare centres.
“This really helped me use so much of the knowledge in a very practical way on the wards. It also built my confidence in delivering the best care possible as a student nurse. I feel so privileged to have been given the variety of placements I received which was right through from outpatients, critical care and then having a placement in my chosen career which made me even more convinced I wanted to work as a practice nurse.”
Emma secured her dream job as a general practice nurse last year and said she feels privileged and lucky every single day to be ‘making such a positive difference’ to patients and their families.
“There were times when finding the energy for my family after a long day on the ward felt incredibly difficult. Managing your family life and your studies at the same time takes real commitment but it is worth the effort.
“I am very proud of myself and I feel I have shown my children that no matter what if you put your mind to it you can achieve anything in life.”
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*(Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education for the academic year 2016/17, published by HESA June 2018).