Leicester’s Hospitals new Centre for Clinical Practice will be officially unveiled on Friday 10 March 2017 and will be used to deliver education and training for a number of Healthcare Staff and Professionals.

Formerly known as the Alfred Hill Building (named after Mr Alfred Hill MP for West Leicester in the 1920’s), the building has been  previously owned by Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust (LPT), who used the facility as a training centre, before being handed back to Leicester’s Hospitals last year where it has recently undergone a refurbishment. 

Around 11 new health care assistants and 50 trainee nursing associates will welcome Professor Lisa Bayliss-Pratt, Director of Nursing and Deputy Director of Education and Quality Health Education England, and Chief Executive at Leicester’s Hospitals, John Adler to the official opening.

The facility includes large classrooms, fitted with high-tech presentation equipment for up to 60 learners, as well as a dedicated simulation room that will support new staff to develop skills ranging from essential care right through to advanced clinical practice. 

The unveiling will not only showcase the new facilities, but will also introduce the new ‘Nursing Associate’ role, which is part of a national Health Education England pilot across England.

The Nursing Associate training programme was launched at the end of January 2017, with Leicester’s Hospitals leading the development and delivery of the programme for Leicestershire, in collaboration with De Montfort University and other health and social care providers, including Leicestershire Partnership Trust, LOROS, Clinical Commissioning Groups and some GP practices.

Julie Smith, Chief Nurse at Leicester’s Hospitals, said: “The new centre provides a great education base for our current and future trainees, and has a unique identity which reflects the academic credibility that is equal to that of a university.”

Eleanor Meldrum, Assistant Chief Nurse at Leicester’s Hospitals added: “We have proudly welcomed a group of 50 trainees from a wide range of adult and child providers from across the NHS, private and independent health care sectors. 

“The Nursing Associate pilot in Leicestershire is a unique model of education where the programme is developed and delivered by clinical practitioners from across Leicestershire. De Montfort University are supporting us to develop the education component of the programme as a nursing and midwifery accredited university.”

Simon Oldroyd, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Health and Life Sciences at De Montfort University, said: “DMU is very excited to be involved in the new Nursing Associate training programme. This new role will help build capacity and capability in our health and social care workforce across a range of settings. 

“We are building for the future, so it is great to be part of this early phase of Nursing Associate training. We have a long and proud history of working in collaboration with our partners at Leicester’s Hospitals and we are fully committed to working together to develop and grow the education and training aspects of this new programme. I wish our new trainees well.”