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Taking theory into real life

A programme that links postgraduate nursing students undertaking their final projects with health and social care providers is proving beneficial for both sides.

Course leaders at Buckinghamshire New University, which launched its service improvement research and evaluation partnerships (SIREP) programme in 2012, say the scheme gives students valuable real-life experience of innovation and service improvement in a healthcare setting and enhances their employability.

Meanwhile, host organisations, which include acute and community NHS trusts and voluntary organisations, say the students inject fresh thinking into their organisations and help improve services.

For Robert Varro, the SIREP programme offered not only a hands-on research opportunity but was also the gateway to a new career.

Mr Varro already held degrees in horticultural engineering and law and public administration and decided to train as a nurse after arriving in the UK from his native Romania.

He was one of the first cohort of students on the two-year postgraduate diploma at Buckinghamshire New University and he was encouraged to

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