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Next generation of nurses to be trained at London’s newest university campus

18 September 2020

In exactly one year’s time LSBU will open a state-of-the-art university campus to train the next generation of nurses, to meet growing demand from across the UK.

LSBU Croydon will feature labs and simulation facilities that replicate real-life wards and give students the skills they need to join the NHS workforce and provide first-class care.

LSBU currently trains a quarter of nurses in London and has 3,500 nursing, allied health and social work students enrolled. LSBU students are working in clinical placements at over 60 NHS Trusts across London and the South East including Guy’s and St Thomas’, Barts and Great Ormond Street.

LSBU Croydon will also train students in business, accounting and finance. The new campus will be based in a Grade II listed building, Electric House, in Croydon town centre. Until 2013 the Home Office was based at Electric House. With a £5billion investment programme, Croydon is becoming one of London's largest growth centres.

Professor Patrick Bailey, LSBU Provost, said,

“LSBU Croydon will help the NHS deal with the future pressures from COVID-19 and rising demand for health and social care in the UK. Our new campus will give students access to state-of-the-art labs that replicate wards to set our graduates up for careers providing first-class patient care.

‘LSBU Croydon will also play an important role in helping the NHS to grow and tackling the severe shortage of nurses across South London and the Gatwick triangle. The health provision will be supplemented by a range of other courses that are important for the development of Croydon and the South London area."

Councillor Manju Shahul-Hameed, Croydon Council’s cabinet member for the economy and jobs, said:

“As well as bringing more investment to the town centre, this new LSBU Croydon campus will attract people from across London and the South East for the huge educational and career opportunities on offer. Croydon has London’s biggest population of under-18s, so I am particularly looking forward to seeing young people from our borough signing up to LSBU courses and boosting their future prospects.”