Press Release

13 June 2012

Nurses at a Canterbury hospital have been given top marks by a Danish student nurse who has just completed the very first Erasmus placement in the City, in partnership with Canterbury Christ Church University and BMI The Chaucer Hospital.

Erasmus is the European Union's flagship educational exchange programme for Higher Education students, teachers and institutions. It was introduced with the aim of increasing student mobility within Europe. Erasmus forms part of the EU Lifelong Learning Programme (2007-2013).

Hanne Faye, 51, from Kalundborg near Copenhagen, was offered the chance to experience British nursing at BMI The Chaucer Hospital in Canterbury. This is the first hospital, in partnership with Christ Church, to offer a placement to a student from overseas.

From February until the end of April 2012, Hanne learnt to apply the theory of nursing principles to the practice of nursing care within an acute nursing context. She was supported by Christ Church’s Department of Nursing and Applied Clinical Studies under skilled mentorship at the hospital.  

The University supported Hanne by allocating her an academic supervisor, Senior Lecturer Martin Bailey. Martin worked with Hanne in the University’s state of the art skills laboratory in Canterbury where she was assessed and tested on her nursing skills using the SimMan manikins and other equipment.

Hanne was also seen on a weekly basis by a University Link Lecturer with her hospital mentor, Sister Jeanette Smith. This formed part of a tripartite learning contract to enable her to gain the best from her clinical practice experiences.

Both the hospital placement and University experience were well evaluated by Hanne.

Principal Lecturer, and Link Lecturer, at Canterbury Christ Church University, Mary Brown, said: “We were delighted to be approached by University College Sealland in Soro, Denmark, to consider working with their nursing students as part of the Erasmus programme. We also welcomed the opportunity to partner with the BMI The Chaucer Hospital in this venture.

“BMI The Chaucer Hospital is an ideal learning environment for student nurses and we’ve always had a great response from students who spend time at the hospital. Our students have received excellent one to one mentoring and achieve what is expected of their formative and summative assessments in a supportive environment. Hanne’s experience was no exception.”

The mother of three and former Danish farmer, Hanne, said her experience was incredible, commenting: “Everyone has been fantastic. I’ve learnt so much and I feel the training for my nursing degree has had a huge boost from my experiences in the UK. Nursing in Britain is highly regarded in Denmark and to have been allowed to see it first-hand has been a real privilege. I know the skills I’ve learnt here will stay with me for a lifetime.”

Hanne spent time following a patient’s journey through the hospital. Through shadowing nurses she developed skills in working with people and patients. She also watched operations and spent time observing and communicating with patients in oncology and fertility.

Hanne also spent a week at the Kent and Canterbury Hospital during her 12-week programme.

Ward Sister at BMI The Chaucer Hospital, Jeanette Smith, said it was a privilege to take part: “The Erasmus programme is such a great opportunity for students to learn some great skills from other countries. To be the first hospital in Canterbury to take part is quite prestigious.

“Hanne was a fast learner and a great person to have around; she’s also helped our nurses. There have been some great examples of coaching where Hanne’s been learning and our nurses have also picked up some great skills in teaching and passing on excellent working practices too.”

Director of Nursing at BMI The Chaucer Hospital, Jackie Howard, added: “We’re so proud to have been the first hospital and healthcare facility in the city to have been chosen to support Erasmus. It’s certainly been insightful for everyone involved. Hanne has gained so much from it, not only great nursing skills, but inner confidence too. Her English has also come on leaps and bounds. In turn Hanne has had a great impact too, her personality has been great to have around, but she has reaffirmed to our nurses how British nursing standards are highly regarded around the world.”


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 and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

•We are the South East’s largest provider of courses for public service careers (outside of London).

•94% of our nursing students are employed in nursing roles six months after finishing their course.

•Christ Church is the number one choice for local people looking to study at university in Kent (2010 UCAS).

•2012 is the University’s Golden Jubilee, reflecting on 50 years of higher education and innovation.


BMI The Chaucer Hospital

1.The Chaucer Hospital has 55 beds, 4 of which are located in our high dependency unit.

2.Our patient rooms offer the privacy and comfort of en-suite facilities, satellite TV and telephone.

3.The hospital has three theatres, 11 consulting rooms, high dependency unit and an HFEA licensed Assisted Conception Unit. These facilities combined with the latest in technology and on-site support services enable our consultants to undertake a wide range of procedures from routine investigations to complex surgery.

4.This specialist expertise is supported by caring and professional medical staff, with dedicated nursing teams and Resident Medical Officers on duty 24 hours a day, providing care within a friendly and comfortable environment.

5.For more information about BMI The Chaucer Hospital please visit

BMI Healthcare

6.BMI Healthcare is the UK’s largest private hospital group with more than 70 hospitals and healthcare facilities throughout country

7.More than 7,000 consultants choose to practice at BMI hospitals, which collectively handle over 1.25 million patient visits each year

8.BMI Healthcare focuses on clinical excellence, quality of service and efficiency, and has a deserved reputation in the independent health care sector for consistent achievement of these values

9.For more information about BMI Healthcare hospitals, please visit



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