Arrowe Park Hospital staff thank the University of Chester for helping them gain degrees.

Posted on 5th November 2013

Fifteen members of staff from Wirral University Teaching Hospital’s Arrowe Park site are among the latest cohort of students to graduate from the University of Chester this week after completing degrees through a work integrated degree programme.

The Work Based and Integrative Studies (WBIS) programme offered by the Centre for Work Related Studies at the University enabled the group, who are all employees of Wirral Health Trust, to study part-time on a negotiated pathway of study and gain BSc (Hons) in Nursing Studies.

Through the programme, the students were able to gain credit for work based projects that could have a direct impact on practices in the workplace. 

Bob Meakin, Lead Tutor for WBIS at Wirral Health Trust said: “Trust managers have consistently reported their satisfaction regarding the significant impact upon professional practice which is directly related to the students’ research and findings in their studies.

“Feedback that I have received reports a ‘positive transformation of inter-colleague relationships and departmental efficiency’ following team-building exercises which form part of the programme, and three of the students have produced innovative patient information leaflets, the success of which is evidenced by their use across the Trust.  Managers have expressed their satisfaction that such initiatives boost time-efficiency within busy departments.”

For further information on how WBIS can enhance the work related knowledge and skills of your employees, please contact Lizzy Williams at the University of Chester on 01244 512122, or e-mail