The University of Salford has recently launched a new one-year graduate diploma designed to benefit international nursing graduates with a view to undertaking post-graduate study.
From 2013, students from other countries will be able to take the one-year Graduate Diploma in Health. It is aimed at health care professionals and runs from January to August.
The entry requirements are somewhat relaxed; differing experiences and forms of accredited previous learning are considered to assess your suitability. For instance, with the right background, you may be considered even without having the traditional credit requirement for studying at Master’s level.
The Graduate Diploma in Health is designed to improve language and cultural understanding within the health sector. It is also aimed at preparing the student for the format of post-graduate study.
During the first semester, students focus on health-related English language, a introduction to study skills, UK learning culture and individual personal and professional development.
The second semester introduces global sociological concepts of health, communication and relationship theory and takes time to prepare you for further Masters study.
Upon completing this one-year diploma, students can go on to take an MSc in International Nursing or an MSc in International Hospital and Health Service Leadership and Management.
The former increases research skills, provides time within a simulation laboratory and requires an observational placement in a clinical setting.
The latter combines a study of management skills, project leadership and economics with NHS managers partnerships to inform best practice at this level.
The senior lecturer for this course suggests that it will benefit other countries too (should international students choose to work elsewhere) and I must say that I agree.
Whether students choose to work in the UK or use this learning somewhere else, everyone’s going to benefit. A focus on implementing health service whilst staying aware of cultural differences and a stronger use of English will help in a lot of places.
Not only that but a bit of extra post-grad training can never go amiss. Perhaps something similar for UK students dealing with international patients would be just as beneficial to the global health community.