Preston College

Dental courses awarded gold standard

News - Monday, 4th November, 2013

John Rogers, CEO of Skills for Health presenting one of the organisation's first Quality Mark awards to Emma King from Preston's College at a ceremony in London. Credit: Professional Images

John Rogers, CEO of Skills for Health presenting one of the organisation’s first Quality Mark awards to Emma King from Preston’s College at a ceremony in London. Credit: Professional Images

Dental nursing students and apprentices at Preston’s College will soon be able to say they study at one of the best providers in the country after dental programmes at the College were awarded the Skills for Health Quality Mark.

The Quality Mark, which is launched this month, has been awarded to ten education providers in different health care sectors across the UK who will become pioneers for what it is hoped will become the gold standard for education and training in the healthcare industry.

With the current investment in education and training in the health sector standing at £2.9bn per annum, the Skills for Health Quality Mark aims to provide the ‘gold standard’ for training across the healthcare industry.

With a renewed national focus on the importance of training in the health sector, the quality mark assures that providers can demonstrate a deep understanding of the sector that is translated into the design, delivery and impact of the learning and training courses offered.

The main purpose of the Skills for Health Quality Mark is three-fold:

  • Ensure that providers of training and specific learning/training courses have met the high standards expected by healthcare employers
  • Assure that the staff delivering training have the right knowledge and skills and maintain these through continued professional development
  • To give health employers greater confidence when investing in workforce development and make it easier to identify and select appropriate course and providers of training.

It will also act as a benchmark to enable training provider organisations to measure the quality of their own delivery with specific reference to the health sector.

The Standards that Preston’s College had to meet in order to receive the Quality Mark cover four domains including:

  • Effectiveness of Quality Assurance Arrangement: including assessment of efficacy of quality systems and processes and demonstrable commitment to continuous improvement
  • Health Sector Engagement/awareness: ensuring effective stakeholder partnership to meet health sector learning needs and add value to patient/service user experience
  • Learning Excellence: meeting the needs of the health sector via contextualisation, relevance and impact
  • Ethics and value: includes attitudes, behaviours and values appropriate to the health sector to inform and drive delivery of all programme activity.

Elaine Shahabeddin, assistant head for the health professional unit at Preston’s College said: “We are of course highly honoured and rightly proud to have been chosen as one of the pioneering institutions for this quality mark.

“The mark demonstrates our commitment to providing a high quality education to all who come on our dental programmes and recognises the standard and professionalism of all our staff who teach and assess on the programmes.

“We already work with a large number of employers in the healthcare industry but we are trying to grow that all the time and we’re hopeful that this will help us along that journey.”

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