The prestigious Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) status awarded to Queen Mary University of London and City University London in recognition of their excellence in providing professional training in healthcare brought with it £3.15 million over 5 years in funding from the Higher Education Funding Council for England(HEFCE). CETL project finished in 2010.
HEFCE’s aim in developing the CETL programme is to ensure that excellent teaching is recognised and rewarded in the same way as excellent research and that the experience of students is enhanced by quick, effective dissemination of best practice in teaching and learning.
Our CETL will develop and disseminate good practice and innovation in clinical and communication skills that shifts emphasis from teaching to learning and from teachers to students. The CETL will build on existing excellence to:
1. Enhance the student experience through support for student-centred skills learning,
2. Build an expert interprofessional faculty for clinical skills, rewarding and recognising teaching excellence,
3. Pilot and evaluate new methodologies and technologies and disseminate best practice,
4. Engage with the NHS to ensure that students enter employment with the professional skills and competencies they need to practice safely in a transforming health care system.
The funding will enable the strategic alliance to extend and develop learning facilities in a clinical skills centre. Healthcare students from Nursing, Speech and Language, and Radiography at City and Queen Mary’s School of Medicine and Dentistry will benefit from:
- a mobile ‘skills bus’ equipped to provide training for students from all disciplines in hospital and primary care placements
- learning about patient care in enhanced simulated settings
- access to computer based technologies with extended opening times, providing opportunities to progress at their own pace
- and more
Plans are underway to build a large and growing interperprofessional group of teachers who can support and share good practice with one another, test and evaluate new methods and technologies and then pass on these skills to their colleagues in their own and other institutions.
The Centre for Teaching and Learning is based in the Robin Brook Centre at Barts in West Smithfield where Olga Leonova, CETL Manager is responsible for the day to day management of the programme. Maggie Nicol, Professor in Clinical Skills at City University is Director of the CETL.
CETL project finished in 2010.
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