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This Thursday we will be celebrating the achievements of 2,000 students from the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education, run jointly by Kingston and St George’s, University of London. Our students will have their achievements celebrated in front of an audience of families and friends during two ceremonies at the Royal Festival Hall on London's South Bank.

Students from the Departments of Paramedics, Radiography, Rehabilitation Services, Midwifery, Social Work and Social Care and Teacher Education will be celebrated for their achievements at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Prizes for outstanding academic achievement will also be presented during the ceremonies.

The ceremonies will also mark the graduation of the first nursing associates to have completed the Healthcare Practice Foundation Degree. The milestone comes after Kingston University and St George's were selected to train students to become nursing associates as part of a major new Health Education England initiative.

Focusing on giving patients compassionate, hands-on care, nursing associates will work alongside nursing care support workers and registered nurses, bridging the existing gap between the two roles. Their support will enable registered nurses more time to use their specialist training to focus on clinical duties and take more of a lead in decisions about patient care.

Two honorary degree recipients will be joining the proud students. Professor Shulamit Ramon, who is being recognised for her contribution to social work and clinical psychology, and Chief Allied Health Professions Officer for NHS England, Suzanne Rastrick, will both be presented with honorary doctorates in recognition of their achievements.

Faculty Dean Andy Kent praised the exceptional levels of dedication and determination the graduating students had displayed throughout their studies, adding that they would make a considerable contribution working on the frontline of the capital’s healthcare workforce, as well as in schools and for care providers across the region.

“Our graduating students will play a significant role directly serving their communities and making a huge impact on society. The careers they are going in to will improve the quality of life and health of the general population in a way that demonstrates incredible compassion, honesty and integrity. Every graduate is a very worthy ambassador of the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education,” he added.