Deputy Head of Nursing Karen Elcock explains how the inclusive curriculum promotes student success


When we offer applicants a place on our programme
we’re saying to them we believe that you can succeed on the course that you’ve enrolled
on. And that means we must ensure that the programmes we deliver don’t have barriers
to their success. The inclusive curriculum is very much about
removing those barriers. We consulted with our students about their uniforms to make
sure what we provide for our students will meet the health and safety needs of patients,
but will also meet the religious and cultural needs of students.
Our simulation dolls are now much more representative of the diversity of the patients we have,
so they cover age groups from babies to old people but it also includes black and minority
ethnic mannequins as well. I’m Jasmine Croker and I’m an adult nurse
in my third year. For me the skills and simulation are a really good way to practice your learning
before you go out in to practice. Kingston University sets you up for a really good placement
and makes sure you’re prepared before you start. I think it’s made us really appreciate what
we’re preparing our students for. The NHS has a very strong thread of inclusivity in
everything that it does. Equality and diversity is an important part of the way we approach
our patients. You have to consider those issues if you’re going to give person-centred care
that retains dignity and respect and demonstrates an understanding of individual patients needs.
And that is the bigger picture.

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