UHI could offer nursing training

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Nursing students who undertake some of their training in the Western Isles could eventually receive their qualification from UHI.

This could also lead to possible investment in the local campus.

If the course currently provided by The University of Stirling for undergraduate pre-registration nursing - that aligns to student placements in NHS Western Isles and NHS Highland - was transferred to UHI, there could be an opportunity for additional investment in local facilities.

A report was considered by the Western Isles Health Board at their meeting yesterday (Wednesday) which gave an update on a proposal, which is at the exploratory stage, and discussions are ongoing between the two universities.

The report states that the University of Stirling notes its ability to invest in the Highland and Western Isles campuses is constrained and that in return for transfer of the pre-registration nursing, they would be able to invest further in their Stirling campus.

UHI are already looking at establishing a School of Health which could have pre-registration nurse training at its core and enable UHI to utilise European funding streams that could be made available during the next funding cycle.

If the transfer does not go ahead, the University of Stirling will continue to deliver provision in both Stornoway and Inverness.