Let’s work together!

0712080 SSFF midwifery college 'University of Dundee, School of Nursing & Midwifery, Fife Campus, Kirkcaldy
0712080 SSFF midwifery college 'University of Dundee, School of Nursing & Midwifery, Fife Campus, Kirkcaldy

THE University of Dundee has pulled its mental health nursing training out of Kirkcaldy.

Now Gordon Brown MP has called for an urgent review into how the Lang Toun campus can be best used by the university, Adam Smith College and the University of Abertay.

The decision to focus training in Tayside came after a review of its mental health nursing degree.

It will now be delivered entirely from Dundee’s City Campus from September.

With the number of students on the programme dropping from 112 in in 2005 to around 50 per year - 20 of these based in Kirkcaldy - the university has deemed it is no longer viable to run the course in both Fife and Dundee.

The move to centralise the programme at the city campus came despite Mr Brown asking the university to consider providing all its mental health nursing training in Kirkcaldy.

Professor Margaret Smith, Dean of the school of nursing and midwifery, said the change “will provide an opportunity for the mental health students to have the theoretical component of their programme delivered in one location”.

She continued: “Students will continue to be placed across both NHS Fife and NHS Tayside, as half of the nursing programme continues to be delivered in clinical practice.

No change

“There will be no change to this area and, indeed, we are committed to working with clinical colleagues to develop this element even further.

“The University is committed to working with NHS colleagues across Tayside and Fife, and we will continue to deliver the adult undergraduate nursing programme at both our Dundee and Kirkcaldy campuses.”

Mr Brown is now calling for an urgent review of nursing training provision on the Kirkcaldy site.

In his letter to the MP, Professor Pete Downes, principal, emphasised that the decision did not place the future of the university’s Fife campus under threat.

Professor Downes said Mr Brown had raised “a number of interesting ideas” during their discussion including opportunities for the university to consider the future operation and development of its activities in nursing, and other academic collaboration.

Strong case

Mr Brown told the Press: “I have now written to Adam Smith College and the University of Abertay Dundee asking them to agree to work together given that they are all educating nursing students in Fife.

“There is a strong case for greater collaboration and I hope all institutions will take up my proposal and work together to enhance the nursing training on offer and to explore how more academic areas can be made available for Higher Education provision here in Fife.”