Sunderland centre to train healthcare scientists of the future

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HEALTHCARE scientists of the future will be trained on Wearside.

The University of Sunderland has become the first in the region to deliver a new programme, in partnership with the NHS, tailored to teaching healthcare scientists on the Practitioners in Training Programme (PTP).

Approved by the Department of Health and Medical Education England, the scheme will see students taking part in clinical training placements in NHS hospitals and trusts across the region as part of their academic three-year course.

The aim is to provide students with a broad appreciation of the range of work undertaken in healthcare science, in the areas of blood, infection, cellular and genetic science, as well as physiological science in cardiology and audiology.

Twenty students are about to begin their PTP training with placements in hospital trusts, which will offer them real-life experience as they work towards a career in the NHS.

Dr Anne Cunningham, principal lecturer in biomedical sciences in the university’s department of pharmacy, health and wellbeing, said: “We are very proud to be the first university in the north to be fully accredited to deliver the PTP BSc Healthcare Science in Life Science.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for our students and we have our first cohort about to embark on their placements.

“They really will be the ambassadors for this new programme and for the university.”

She added: “This is an intensive degree that provides great opportunities to work and get excellent training.”

The project is another example of how going on to higher education can be a life-changing experience.

The Echo, in conjunction with The University of Sunderland, is running the Degrees of Success campaign to inspire Wearsiders to go to university, to increase the number of graduates in Sunderland.

This aims to give people with talent, regardless of background, the opportunity to fulfil their career ambitions, increase their earnings potential and ultimately enjoy a truly life-changing experience.

These graduates will make a real difference to the city, making it more knowledgeable, cultural, diverse and stronger economically.

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