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A new career path to support the wellbeing of NHS patients

Wednesday 04 November 2020

From left to right in picture: Hayley Adams, Angela Low, Tivin Tom Francis, and Taylor Curtis.
A new course created in close collaboration between Robert Gordon University (RGU) and NHS Grampian will empower Healthcare Support Workers with a range of skills to improve the wellbeing of patients as a new, cross-disciplinary career opportunity is announced.

The two-year diploma will qualify learners as Wellbeing and Enablement Practitioners. Based across a range of NHS services, the trainees will be part of multidisciplinary teams and will focus on enabling people to maintain or improve their health and quality of life.

Jane Ewen Nurse Director, Excellence and Innovation at NHS Grampian said: “These new roles come at a time when supporting the wellbeing of patients has taken on a new significance. The introduction of the roles will support NHS Grampian to implement new models of care as we move to recover and redesign our services. We very much welcome this new addition to the workforce and wish the trainees well in their studies.”

The start of the programme was delayed due to the pandemic; however, 16 trainees have begun their studies through a blend of interactive online classes, on-campus training and work-based learning.

Laura Binnie, Head of RGU’s School of Health Sciences, said: “We are absolutely delighted to welcome our first cohort of students to RGU and our DipHE Wellbeing and Enablement course. The School has worked in partnership with NHS Grampian to develop this collaborative and innovative course integrating academic and work-based learning to create an exciting new career opportunity.”

RGU and NHS Grampian have a history of close collaboration on a number of levels, with the university being one of the largest providers of Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professionals for the region.

This first cohort of Wellbeing and Enablement Practitioners will be set to graduate in 2022 when they will move into their qualified roles within the NHS.

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