Press Release

06 October 2011

The England Centre for Practice Development was launched by Canterbury Christ Church University on Wednesday, 5 October, 2011.

The Centre aims to transform patient care and services so that are more person-centred, safe and effective at local, national and international levels.

Supported by the International Practice Development Collaborative (IPDC), the Centre will work with a network of leading international academics on research to influence government policy and practice in the development of health and social care quality standards. It will also bring together international, collaborative educational projects through the opportunity of e-learning.

Carrie Jackson, Head of the Department of Nursing and Applied Clinical Studies, said: “Practice development within the health and social care sector can produce positive, effective change for patient care, as well as within the workplace for staff. Care becomes more person-centred, safer and effective and staff are supported to continue developing their roles and to flourish.  

 “A strong partnership with health and social care organisations also enables the University to be at the cutting edge of developing innovative education programmes and providing future students with a creative and contemporary experience that will prepare them for working in a rapidly changing complex health service anywhere in the world.

“This is a marvellous opportunity for the new Centre to lead the world in generating high quality graduates and partner services that are in line with national and international awards.”

Practice Development is an internationally recognised approach that sets out to achieve multiple inter-related aims in health care workplaces and organisations. These aims range from transforming care and services so that they are person-centred, safe and effective, to ensuring that the best evidence, including patient experience, expertise and research, informs everyday practice.

The practice focuses on developing people and new roles in front line services, which meets the government’s desire to support a truly multi-professional approach to service delivery. The Centre will focus on strengthening work placed development and Postgraduate education. This will support the career development of the existing front line workforce, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to transform services through strong clinical leadership and create and sustain person-centred safe and effective care.

For further information or to speak with Carrie Jackson please call the University’s media relations officer, Jeanette Earl on 01227 782391.


Notes to Editor

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services. With nearly 20,000 students, and five campuses across Kent, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional expertise.

  • In 2010 the Faculty of Education received ‘outstanding’ grades in its Ofsted report for primary, secondary and post-compulsory programmes, together with its employment-based routes into teaching. The University’s primary provision has the unique record of having been awarded the highest Ofsted grades in all inspections since 1996.
  • 94 % of our recent graduates gain employment or are in further study in the first six months after graduating (2009/10 DLHE survey).
  • Along with over a thousand undergraduate, postgraduate and professional training courses on offer, we are also home to world-leading and internationally recognised research in Education, History, Music and Sports Related Studies.
  • Canterbury Christ Church University was founded in 1962 by the Church of England as a teacher training college



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