Ruby Wax to open Staffordshire University Centre of Excellence

“We are delighted to have Ruby Wax open the new facilities and to be showcasing the professionalism of our students – the nurses, midwives and paramedics and operating department practitioners of the future.”

Dr Nigel Thomas, Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences

Staffordshire University is celebrating the launch of new healthcare training facilities in Stafford, following a £4m transformation of its Blackheath Lane site.

Comedian and mental health campaigner Ruby Wax OBE, will perform the official opening of the Centre of Excellence in Healthcare Education next Thursday 8 September at 4pm.

Guests will take part in an interactive tour of the Centre’s specialist equipment and innovative new learning spaces where students will showcase the professional care on offer and provide an insight into the patient journey with a number of real-life scenarios.

Ruby Wax OBE will also speak to guests about her experiences during the event. Known as a funny woman with a loud personality, Ruby spent much of her comedy career battling depression in silence. Now her work blends mental health advocacy and laughter, using her stand-up style to directly address her mental health experiences.

Ruby was also responsible for the launch of a social network called the Black Dog Tribe, which offers a community and support to people with depression. She has also studied Psychotherapy and gained a Master’s degree in Mindfulness-based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences Dr Nigel Thomas said: “Staffordshire University has invested heavily into transforming our existing teaching sites at Blackheath Lane in Stafford and our Royal Shrewsbury Hospital site, into innovative and interactive learning environments for students.

“The University is already a leading provider of courses for health professionals and we are confident that this investment will translate into the provision of high quality learning to support patient care in future.”

Dr Dame Bertshinger, DBE whose work inspired Live Aid, opened the new facilities at the University’s Royal Shrewsbury Hospital site earlier this year.

“We received excellent feedback after the Shrewsbury opening and the redevelopment at Blackheath Lane, including transformed teaching facilities and clinical skills labs, ensures that we can provide outstanding training in Stafford.” added Nigel.

“We are delighted to have Ruby Wax open the new facilities and to be showcasing the professionalism of our students – the nurses, midwives and paramedics and operating department practitioners of the future.”

Find more information about Staffordshire University’s Centres of Excellence in Healthcare Education here.

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