The University of Worcester’s "inspiring" facilities have won praise from a national charity leader.

Angela McConville, chief executive of National Childbirth Trust (NCT), lauded its health and education training during her first visit to the university.

In a day's tour which included a peek at the health simulation facilities and the newly inaugurated Elizabeth Garrett Anderson building, Ms McConville expressed her admiration for the university's efforts.


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The structure functions as the site for the Three Counties Medical School, and more.

Ms McConville said: "I found this visit really inspiring.

"I really enjoyed seeing the clinical skills rooms, and I could see how impressive that would be for our NCT Doula students.

"David [Green, vice chancellor and chief executive of the University] and his team share the same conviction; that health and support in early years builds strong societal foundations."

NCT aids parents through pregnancy, birth, and into early parenthood.

It allied with the university in 2012, delivering the sole university-recognised qualification in parenting education.

The NCT Perinatal Education and Practice CertHE certifies students to work professionally with new and prospective parents as an NCT Practitioner, providing services such as the charity’s antenatal and postnatal courses.

The goal of the visit was to discuss the collective efforts of the university and trust in perinatal education.

Speaking on the partnership, Ms McConville said: "I think the facilities are really impressive.

"We believe that our community of practitioners are part of the capacity that’s in communities to support pregnant women and parents at a truly transformative time in their lives.

"David’s vision and our vision at NCT are very aligned."

Cathy Finlay, head of education at NCT, added: "The ability for students to use rooms which accurately reflect the environment they will be working in brings a vibrancy and connection to their course.

"Having access to the clinical skills rooms really brings our doula course to life in a way that would be hard to replicate elsewhere."

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