Best London area nursing college?

  1. I am trying to decide where to take my training. I can't find any comparisons of the quality of teaching and practical training at the various London area colleges. I am interested in adult nursing, and would like to get the most out of my studies. My questions are twofold:

    A)Can anyone recommend the teaching at one of the following colleges?

    B) Have you worked in any of the associated hospitals? How do they treat student nurses? How is the range and quality of the clinical placements?

    1) City University (St. Barts & Royal London)
    2) Kings College (Guys & St. Thomas Hospital or Bromley Hospital)
    3) South Bank Uni (Guys & St. Thomas Hospital)
    4) Kingston Uni (St. Georges, St. Helier Hospital, Epsom General)
    5) University of Surrey (Redhill Hospital)

    Sorry for so many questions and Thanks everyone!
    Last edit by tamar2020 on Apr 6, '04
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  3. by   Nuru99
    I'm a graduate of King's College Hospital so I'm definitely biased on this. Just to be fair though I'll try and stick to facts. When I did my training in KCH it was linked with the university of London.

    I got clinicals mostly from the hospital itself but also

    Bromley (did an elective there in A and E ) learnt a lot from there but the atmosphere was a bit strained at times due to an internal class war (bear in mind this is about 10 years ago though).

    Went to Farnborough for the mental health component and

    Guys for the maternity clinicals.

    Its kinda of hard to recommend based on my own experiences because such a lot has changed since then. I remember at the time there was a lot of RGN vs Diploma nursing "discussions" if you know what I mean. I don't think anyone does the RGN course anymore now (could be wrong).

    I loved the hospital though I also think its great because they are very pro continuous education which means that when you finish your nursing you can easily top up to a Bsc (I'm assuming you're going for a diploma here) or do a speacilizing course which the hospital pays for in return for a years work.

    Other positives are because the is a very multicultural community in camberwell, you get to see a lot of things which you would probably only read about in other areas of London e.g Tay sach and sickle cell disease.

    The faculty were very supportive when I was there and there was a lot of emphasis on facilitating learning rather that lecturing.

    I hope some of this helps.


    P.S Don't like South Bank