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22 May 2012
Community nurses in Oman can develop their skills and enhance the delivery of their services thanks to a new collaboration between the University and the country’s Ministry of Health.
Cardiff’s Vice-Chancellor, Dr David Grant, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Director General of Education and Training in Oman for the School of Nursing and Midwifery Studies to deliver a new degree in Community Health Nursing Practice in the country.
The new programme will meet the needs of qualified nurses working or planning to work in a community setting, extending their knowledge and skills and developing the way community healthcare is delivered in Oman.
Speaking about the new collaboration, Professor Sheila Hunt, Dean of the School of Nursing and Midwifery Studies said: "We are delighted to be building on our existing collaboration with the Ministry of Health. The new programme has been developed to meet the changing needs for nursing care in community settings in Oman. The School’s expertise in Primary Care, Community and Public Health Nursing is invaluable, enabling us to provide a bespoke programme which will meet the specific needs of health care professionals and the people of Oman. We are honoured that the Director General has taken this opportunity to visit us and strengthen the collaboration with the University."
Along with the new BSc Community Health Nursing Practice, the Memorandum of Understanding also extended the provision of an existing qualification, the BSc in Nursing Studies for a further three years has.
Running since 2009, the Nursing Studies programme helps nurses in Oman to develop and apply new techniques and information to practice, as well as enhancing their understanding of complex problems associated with the professional practice of nursing and evidence-based solutions.
Both programmes are delivered in collaboration with the Oman Specialised Nursing Institute (OSNI), the national provider of advanced nursing education in Oman. Programme content is primarily taught by Cardiff School of Nursing and Midwifery Staff at the OSNI in intensive teaching blocks. Personal academic supervision is available to students throughout each module by a designated personal tutor from the School via e-learning, with OSNI mentors providing formative advice and pastoral support.
Abdallah Ahmed Al Rubaiey, Dean of the Oman Specialised Nursing Institute said: "A number of training opportunities have been created in the health care sector in Oman for the pursuit of excellence in health care delivery. Amongst them was the programme, initiated for the first time in Oman, for specialist nurses to undertake a BSc (Hons) in Nursing Studies with Cardiff University.
"As a consequence of its success, the Ministry of Health and Cardiff School of Nursing and Midwifery Studies have jointly embarked on a BSc in Community Health Nursing. The programmes run by Cardiff School of Nursing and Midwifery Studies in Oman aim to develop nurses holding basic diplomas to a degree level for a much needed impetus to enhance health care delivery, as well as the future of the nursing profession in general, in Oman.
"Preliminary findings of a study currently being conducted between Cardiff University and the OSNI clearly demonstrate that the graduates of the current BSc in Nursing Studies are making a significant difference in the quality and outcomes of the care they provide."
Mr Hamood Mohammad Al Kharusi, the Director General of Education and Training, will take the opportunity during his visit to Cardiff to speak at the School of Nursing and Midwifery Studies’ Anniversary Conference on Saturday 19th May.
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