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Largest ever cohort of healthcare graduates boosts local NHS


The University of Hull’s largest ever cohort of healthcare graduates will provide a boost to the NHS – and more than 70 percent will be working for local health services and hospitals.

More than 250 nurses, and other allied health students such as midwives, operating department practitioners, and associate practitioners, are graduating as part of the University’s week-long celebration of degree ceremonies (Monday 8 July to Thursday 11 July).

The majority of those who are graduating have already been taken on by the local health services, making a real difference to their communities.

This year’s ceremonies at the Bonus Arena in Hull demonstrate how the University is developing skilled, knowledgeable and compassionate healthcare professionals who provide high-quality care.

The breadth of our healthcare courses continues to grow – our first cohort of nursing associates will graduate next year, a degree course to train much-needed paramedics began in 2017, and the University plans to introduce a degree in physiotherapy from September 2020.

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

Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust has already offered jobs to 144 graduating nurses and 17 nursing associates who graduate next year, covering all specialities of adult medicine including oncology, stroke care, intensive care, surgery, medicine and cardiology.


“We are delighted that the University’s Faculty of Health Sciences and Hull York Medical School are making such a valuable contribution to the health of the region and beyond.” Professor Julie Jomeen, Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Hull

Professor Julie Jomeen, Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Hull, said: “We are delighted that the University’s Faculty of Health Sciences and Hull York Medical School are making such a valuable contribution to the health of the region and beyond. Our graduates are already working in local healthcare services and hospitals and are helping to build the skilled workforce required by the NHS to deliver the highest standard of healthcare in our region.

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

The University’s new degree programme in physiotherapy, which will further strengthen the University’s healthcare provision, has been developed at the specific request of local healthcare providers to meet a critical shortage of physiotherapists. This follows the successful launch of BSc Paramedic Science in 2017 to meet a critical local shortage of paramedics – part of the University’s mission to improve the health of people living in the region and beyond.

Elizabeth Ajayi, who is graduating with a degree in Operating Department Practice and now works at University College London Hospital, said: “I am completely overwhelmed with the opportunity to be able to graduate this week.

"I have been given the opportunity to work as a theatre practitioner at one of the largest and most successful London National Health Service (NHS) foundation trusts which has an international reputation and a tradition of innovation. I am enjoying every moment of my job."

Sophia Taylor, who is graduating in adult nursing and now works on the coronary care unit in cardiology at Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust’s Castle Hill Hospital, said: “Although I’ve now been working for nearly a year, I’m excited to graduate and celebrate all the hard work which went in to getting the degree and which continues now in my job.

“As part of my degree, I went on some amazing placements in critical care, medicine and surgery. They really helped me prepare for my job role as each placement has provided me with skills which help me manage working in such a fast-paced environment. The knowledge which I picked up on these placements from all members of the healthcare team has been invaluable to me and I hope that I can pass that on to future students. Healthcare gives me the opportunity to really be the best person I can be.”

Practice Development Matron Nicola Buckle, who looks after the newly qualified graduates when they start working at Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “We have a fantastic relationship with the University’s Faculty of Health Sciences and Hull York Medical School. We share a commitment to first-class training, both in and out of the classroom, so we can ultimately recruit staff who will provide the best possible care to patients in Hull and the East Riding.

“These students have been able to put what they have learned in textbooks into practical use through placements at Hull Royal Infirmary and Castle Hill Hospital throughout their studies. By offering them full-time positions with the trust, we can continue to support them to develop their skills, getting their careers in the NHS off to the best possible start in a vibrant and up-and-coming city.

“We congratulate the graduates and look forward to welcoming them into the NHS.”

More than 150 medical students from Hull York Medical School are also set to graduate at a separate ceremony on Thursday 12 July. This brings the total number of doctors trained since the school was founded to more than 1,600.

Graduation week will see 3,400 students graduate at the Bonus Arena, joined by 14,500 guests across 4 days of the University’s graduation ceremonies. A total of 4,600 students will graduate this Summer.

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


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