�500k boost to training facilities at James Paget Hospital in Gorleston

THE James Paget University Hospital has announced a �500,000 investment in training, providing a boost to medical and nursing students and staff.

Bosses have said education and training facilities will be upgraded at the Burrage Centre this year.

And the trust says the capital investment represents its continuing commitment to providing high quality medical and nurse training for both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Six major improvements are planned including: relocating the existing library to the Burrage Centre and upgrading the resource; upgrading the current lecture theatre; a study area with Wi-Fi access for students and staff; provision of additional teaching rooms; incorporation of e-learning facilities; additional clinical simulation facilities - which will be part of the second phase.

Kirk Lower, director of workforce and organisational development, said: 'This is a fabulous development to significantly enhance the trust's existing education and training facilities which are already very good.

'Working with our partners across the NHS and at the University of East Anglia (UEA) and University College Suffolk (UCS), the improved facilities will also be available to all trust staff to support their own studies and continuous professional development.'