STAFFORD could become a centre for nursing training in the region and a base for more than one university says the town’s MP.
Jeremy Lefroy said a group made up of Staffordshire University, county and borough councils met last week and more than one university is interested in coming to the county town.
“We are in touch with other higher education institutions and Staffordshire University itself is looking at possibly in the medium term moving a department from Stoke to Stafford,” he said.
“There are plenty of universities who might be interested in coming in. The encouraging thing is they recognise Stafford is a good place and they would like to be in the middle of Stafford. It would be going too far to say we have had any bites but there’s some interest and I would hope it’s something that can be developed fairly soon because we need some additional higher education provision to come in by 2016.
“Stafford is a very good place for any number of higher education institutions so the more the merrier. The problem with putting all your eggs in one basket is if they decide to leave you are left with nothing.”
Mr Lefroy also met with the people who commission health provision in Birmingham last week to discuss the future for nursing training.
“I think it’s quite bright. They recognise there’s a shortage of nurses in the country and they are looking at how they can encourage people back into nursing who have left the profession, with the offer of training and additional support.
“That’s the kind of thing Staffordshire University could be very good at providing locally. I’m going to recommend Staffordshire University get stuck into this and become a centre for this kind of training.”