£5.8 million funding awarded towards project to improve healthcare services and student experience in Salford
The University of Salford has been awarded £5.8million by the Office for Students (OfS) to create a new clinical building which will offer healthcare services to the local community.
The new building will include NHS-standard clinical facilities, providing better public access to healthcare and supporting students to gain the skills they need to work in the NHS.
A number of clinics will be housed in the space, helping local people with lifetime conditions like diabetes through dietary management, vascular assessment of feet and legs and exercise management.
These will offer a public service as well as a resource and training facility for students.
The space will have specialist facilities, be digitally enabled and use state of the art equipment to offer clinics such as podiatry, physiotherapy, sports injury and ultrasound.
Students and lecturers will have the space and facilities to learn practical skills, as well as having access to break out and collaboration space, giving the flexibility to support different learning methods.
The new building will support the university to educate the future healthcare workforce and to work with NHS partners to help treat patients from across the region, with easy access to Salford Crescent train station. It will also allow the university to provide more of the practical skills training that students need in-house.
Additionally, the development will benefit the environment, creating a new all electric and zero carbon building.
Professor Margaret Rowe, Dean of the School of Health and Society, said: “We are delighted to receive this funding from OfS. There is a tremendous need for more healthcare professionals to support the NHS, and as one of the largest providers of AHP education in the North West and the largest provider of Nursing and Midwifery education in the North West, we are proud to play our part in helping achieve these targets.
“These facilities will give our students access to state-of-the-art learning spaces that will rival, and even surpass, those in clinical practice. It will also facilitate a multi-disciplinary, person centred, approach to healthcare – allowing students from different subject areas to come together in the same space to address community health needs.”
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