Press Release

20 November 2014

The England Centre for Practice Development (ECPD), located within the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing at Canterbury Christ Church University has joined forces with Stord/Haugesund University College, FOUSAM*, and the Bjørgene Development Center, to run the first international foundation level Practice Development School in Norway. 

The school will be run at the Bjørgene Development Center in Haugesund, led by Professor Jan Dewing, Co-Director of the ECPD, Dr Theresa Shaw, Chief Executive of the Foundation of Nursing Studies and Marit Langesæter from Stord/Haugesund University College.

It will offer senior leaders from Bjørgene Nursing Home, researchers and research advisers from FOUSAM, and educators from the Stord/Haugesund University College opportunities to adopt Practice Development initiatives, will help to improve their health care practice and provide better, person-centered care for patients.

Professor Jan Dewing said: “I am delighted to have led this first school for Norwegian practitioners here in Haugesund, and I look forward to continuing my work here with the University College, FOUSAM and Bjørgene Development Center.”

Dr Theresa Shaw said: “It has been a pleasure to work with such a committed and enthusiastic group of practitioners and researchers, and to see their willingness to embark on new ways of working that will improve healthcare practices.”

Practice Development Schools share a common curriculum developed by member countries of the International Practice Development Collaborative (IPDC). They run at Foundation and Advanced Level in the UK, Europe, Canada and Australasia by appropriately qualified Practice Development facilitators. Canterbury Christ Church University has had a key role to play in their delivery.

*FOUSAM is a research and development unit between health services, University College Stord/Haugesund and 18 health municipalities in the region.

Notes to Editor

  • The England Centre for Practice Development is a national research and innovation centre located within the Faculty of Health and Well Being at Canterbury Christ Church University. It is part of an international network of practice developers who are members of the International Practice Development Collaborative (IPDC). It is committed to the innovation of services and practices at the point of care to ensure that they are person-centered, safer and more effective.
  • Practice Development schools are owned and managed by The International Practice Development Collaborative, an international network of people working in healthcare in seven countries worldwide.


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.

  • 93% 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.

*2012/13 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey


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