Press Release

14 April 2014

A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between Canterbury Christ Church University and the Defence Medical Welfare Service (DMWS), in order to provide appropriate training and education relevant to all practitioners in any welfare environment.

This mutually beneficial partnership aims to support health and wellbeing for all, offering a ‘package of learning’, starting with a Foundation Degree, for welfare practitioners already in the role and to those wishing to progress their careers in this area.

From left to right: Nicky Murdorch, CEO of the DMWS and Debra Teasdale, Dean of Health and Social Care at Canterbury Christ Church University
From left to right: Nicky Murdorch, CEO of the DMWS and Debra Teasdale, Dean of Health and Social Care at Canterbury Christ Church University

DMWS, an organisation that provides welfare support to the Armed Forces, currently offer an accredited 9 day Diploma in Welfare Studies, providing the first qualification of its kind for Welfare Officers. The collaboration with Canterbury Christ Church University will allow the development of a Foundation Degree in Welfare Studies to further enhance individual’s knowledge and skills.

Debra Teasdale, Dean of Health and Social Care at Canterbury Christ Church University, said: “The role of the University in the changing health and social care sector is to build the knowledge and evidence base within emerging professional communities to underpin effective interventions which promote public health and wellbeing.

“Our Foundation Degree will be the first of a series of steps to support this and we are delighted to be working with DMWS to assist is providing a firm foundation for this emergent profession within the current Armed Forces personal and beyond into those undertaking similar roles across the country.”

Nicky Murdoch, CEO of the DMWS, said: “We are delighted to be working with Canterbury Christ Church University. The establishment of a Foundation Degree in Welfare Studies will complement our existing Diploma in Welfare Studies and will allow for expansion of learning within the welfare sector.”

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

  • 94% of our most recent UK graduates were in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*.
  • We are the number one choice for local people looking to study at university in Kent (2013 UCAS).
  • We are one of the South East’s largest providers of education, training and skills leading to public service careers.

*2011/12 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey

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