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The WOW factor: Next generation of nurses, midwives and doctors inspired by Allam Medical Building

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Her Majesty The Queen’s visit to the Allam Medical Building last year shone a light on the University of Hull’s investment in the new £28-million health campus. One year on, the enhanced teaching facilities in our award-winning building are attracting hundreds of prospective students in medicine and health.

With health student registrations for the October Open Day up by 48% on last year, and two more open days scheduled for Saturday 3 and 24 November*, the University’s vision – to improve the health of the region by training more outstanding nurses, doctors and other allied health professionals – is becoming a reality.

Our graduates make an outstanding contribution to improving the health of the people in our region and beyond: for four consecutive years 100% of operating department practitioners, nursing, midwifery and medical graduates have been in employment or further education within 6 months.**

Professor Julie Jomeen, Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Hull, said:

“The Allam Medical Building really has the WOW factor – visitors are always so impressed. We are delighted that our incredible facilities are inspiring the next generation of nurses, midwives, paramedics, operating department practitioners and doctors.  The Queen’s visit to open the building last year certainly put us on the map – and it is really wonderful that we are attracting more prospective students to come and see the simulated hospital ward, operating theatre and neo-natal birthing suites at our open days.

“These real life settings enable our students to train and learn their clinical skills in a safe but extremely realistic hospital environment, enabling them to be fully prepared for clinical practice with the NHS.”

Professor Julie Jomeen, Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Hull

The University’s Faculty of Health Sciences, including Hull York Medical School, is making a valuable contribution to the health of the region and beyond. Our graduates are instrumental in helping to build the cohesive workforce required by the NHS to deliver the highest standard of healthcare in its 70th anniversary year and for the future.

Professor Jomeen said:

“By training skilled healthcare professionals who will be able to improve outcomes for their patients on a daily basis, we can help to address healthcare shortages, support our local hospitals and drive improvements to healthcare for the region and beyond.”

This Summer the University’s largest ever cohort of 238 nursing students graduated and is already providing a boost to the NHS – with around 70% working for local health services and hospitals.

The ceremony also saw the graduation of the Faculty of Health Sciences’ first cohort of graduate Operating Department Practitioners – the healthcare professionals who are caring for patients before, during and after surgery.

More than 120 medical students from Hull York Medical School graduated, marking the 10th anniversary of the school’s first graduating class and bringing the total number of doctors trained since the school was founded to more than 1500.

And this number is set to increase: the medical school was awarded an additional 90 places as a result of the Department of Health’s initiative to expand the number of medical school places in England. This represents a 69% increase in places – from 130 home places available in 2017 to 220 in 2019.

This follows an increase in the number of places to study adult nursing. The Faculty of Health Sciences secured an additional 50 places for this degree course, bringing the total number of places to study for a nursing degree to 375.

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 raising aspirations and supporting and encouraging young people who wish to pursue a career in medicine and just this year have launched a new Medicine with a Gateway Year Programme to enable local students to fulfil their dream of becoming doctors and will welcome our first cohort of students to this programme in 2019.”

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. 

The University of Hull and Hull York Medical School have forged strong links with NHS trusts and partner organisations, delivering life-changing research, and helping to shape guidelines to provide the highest level of healthcare for patients. The University and medical school have helped to address skills shortages in the NHS by:

  • Training 1312^ nurses who are caring for patients in hospitals, GP practices,clinics, schools and community health centres
  • Training 1416 doctors to respond to challenges within healthcare and help transform patient care
  • Training 178^ midwives to support women through pregnancy, labour and provide postnatal care
  • Training 93^ operating department practitioners who care for people before, during and after surgery
  • Training 720^ social workers to protect the vulnerable and help people live independently

^in the past six years

*Please note applications for Medicine and Medicine with a Gateway Year for 2019 entry have now closed. But prospective medical students for 2020 are welcome to attend our November open days.

**(Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education for the academic year 2016/17, published by HESA June 2018)

How Emma achieved her lifetime goal of becoming a nurse


Emma Shann Year 3 Adult Nursing

Emma Shann, who was one of 238 nurses graduating last Summer 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." Emma Shann, graduate nursing student

“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 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.”

Find out more about our Health, Nursing and Midwifery courses or studying Medicine at Hull York Medical School.

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