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Ben Teh, Sarah Storer and Julie Attenborough at a celebration for the Overseas Nursing programme
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Celebrating City’s Overseas Nursing Programme

Programme Leader Ben Teh’s contribution praised in celebration


Towards the end of term the School of Health Sciences recognised the contribution that Ben Teh has made to the Overseas Nurses Programme at City University London over the past 15 years.

Having led the programme at City since 2001, during its time in the School of Health Sciences many hundreds of overseas qualified nurses have started the programme and obtained their nursing registrations with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) under Ben’s tutelage. The course was also the first overseas nursing programme to be approved by the NMC in the country.

However, due to changes by the NMC the Overseas Nurses Programme has been revised. As a result, the final Overseas Nurses Programme at City commenced on 21st July 2016. The students’ journey will be fully supported by Ben throughout the course.

The event, which was on the 24th June, was attended by a wide variety of people, including former students and staff from City and local NHS Trusts. During a series of speeches, Ben was highly praised for his commitment and achievement in support of the many overseas qualified nurses going through the programme.

Since it started fifteen years ago at City, the programme has undergone both national and school changes and has had a variety of titles; namely Adaptation, Supervised Practice and finally the Overseas Nurses Programme. The programme is a unique blend of theoretical support and supervised practice with students undertaking clinical practice and University study days concurrently.

Originating from Malaysia and arriving to the UK as a student himself, Ben has a natural empathy with the students who are not only embarking on a University course but adapting to life in the UK.  The vast majority of the students are from India and the Philippines where aspects of their life and their work are markedly different from UK culture. Notwithstanding these two countries, Ben has supported students from countries across the world including: Brazil, Brunei, China, Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Japan, Canada, USA, New Zealand, Australia, Iran, Pakistan, Nepal, Mauritius, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe.

Ben supports the students through expert supervision and class room based teaching. He has achieved an exceptionally high pass rate for the progamme. In the “Your Voice” survey published in May 2014, the Overseas Nurses Programme achieved outstanding ratings with 98% of students rating the Teaching as ‘Excellent’ with 100% of students rating Personal Development and Overall Satisfaction as ‘Excellent’.

Speaking about Ben's contribution, a former student said:

"Ben has wonderful teaching skills and knows how to incorporate teaching especially for overseas students. He gives 100% through his teaching and always helps to sort out student’s problems. He is a perfect example of a teacher with a difference!"

Working alongside in support of Ben and the students are lecturers Roger Capon and Sarah Storer.  Managerially Ben has been supported by Julie Attenborough, Michelle Ellis and Lisa Reynolds.

Speaking about the Overseas Nursing Programme and Ben’s contribution, Julie Attenborough, Associate Dean and Director of Undergraduate Studies, said:

“Over the past 15 years the Overseas Nursing Programme (ONP) has made a considerable contribution to the Healthcare Economy, the School of Health Sciences and of course the lives of the students who have undertaken the course. Although other Universities offered the programme, City became the University of choice for ONP throughout London, the South East and South of England.

“We are immensely proud of what has been achieved and owe an enormous debt of gratitude to Ben Teh for his insightful and far sighted leadership of the programme. We are pleased that we will continue to work together on the Return to Practice (Nursing) programme which is flourishing and continues to develop year-on-year, giving nurses whose registration has lapsed the opportunity to return to practice in the NHS and beyond.”

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