Students from West Lancashire College are learning more about careers in healthcare thanks to our local adult community services teams.
Bethany Preston, Sarah Brown, Katie Beswick and Charlotte Morley – who are on the health and social care level three diploma course – spent time shadowing healthcare professionals and gaining new skills one day a week over eight weeks.
They found out more about disciplines including community nursing, podiatry, nutrition and dietetics and diabetes.
This is part of an ongoing partnership between the college and us, which delivers adult community services on behalf of NHS West Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group.
Charlotte Morley said: “I really enjoyed my work experience with Virgin Care and got to witness first hand the importance of teamwork and communication. I have been given a real insight into what a health career is all about and given the opportunity to expand my knowledge and build my communication skills. All staff involved were very welcoming and have inspired me to further pursue my career goals.”
Debbie Curran, our Head of Community Services, added: “It is extremely important for us to support students in our local area. These are the healthcare professionals of the future and we want to do our bit in giving them the best start on their career path. This is the second cohort of students that we have been able to support and another group has just started with us. Our teams are really enjoying working with the students.”
This is part of an ongoing partnership with the college, which also sees our teams support students on work placements.
Denise Williamson, Principal at West Lancashire College, said: “We are delighted that Virgin Care are supporting our Health & Social Care students with this invaluable opportunity. Industry placements and connectivity with local employers is fundamental in preparing students for their career, and the college is committed to developing a pipeline for the future workforce. I look forward to finding out more about the new skills our students have gained once they complete their time with Virgin Care.”
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