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Education and the development of practice excellence

The city of Oxford is host to the oldest university in the English-speaking world, and records indicate that education has been provided in Oxford since 1096.

In nursing and midwifery, education and practice development are inextricably linked. Whilst practice development is provided largely by Oxford University Hospitals, education is provided both by the Trust and by education partners.

Photo of Mark StathamWelcome from Mark Statham, Associate Chief Nurse, Practice Development and Education

Welcome to the Education and the Development of Practice Excellence web page. As Associate Chief Nurse, I work with a team of highly motivated and passionate individuals that support predominantly non-medical education across the Trust.

Education and the development of practice excellence is an integral part of the Trust’s ‘ambition to be at the heart of a sustainable and outstanding, innovative academic health science system, working in partnership and through networks locally, nationally and internationally to deliver and develop excellence and value in patient care, teaching and research within a culture of compassion and integrity’.

Within the Directorate of the Chief Nurse, Practice Development and Education our corporate team provides a lead in supporting, coordinating and delivering a range of education provision, from Statutory/Mandatory training through to personal and professional development for both clinical and non-clinical staff.

The launch of the Trust’s Education and Learning strategy together with a range of other significant education initiatives in 2015 provides a coherent and exciting commitment against which all our staff will be encouraged take their learning journeys, these to ultimately ensure the delivery of safe and compassionate care.  We will be doing this through the development of innovative learning solutions, particularly through the adoption and optimisation of simulation and technology enhanced learning, increasing and sustaining opportunities to learn together to promote effective team work, and a relentless and energised focus on supporting learning in the workplace, this through improved estate and infrastructure and recognising and exploiting opportunities that promote inspiring learning environments in the workplace that lead to excellent patient safety and outcomes.

This is an exciting time for the Trust and particularly for staff who are seeking developmental opportunities and support to enhance and progress their careers and the work they do.