Two health and care students have received a glowing report from staff at James Cook University Hospital following a successful stint working on a residential ward.
Level 3 Health students Sophie Presley and Lucy Coles got to grips working on an elderly ward as part of a seven month work placement.
The two students were able to shadow nursing staff working on the ward and provided much needed companionship to many of the patients.
Debi McKeown, Nursing Sister in Therapeutic Care at James Cook commented: “In the short time the students’ were on the ward they made a lasting impression.
“Both Sophie and Lucy were very caring and compassionate; one patient even commented that the girls had made their hospital stay!
“I have to say that they are excellent volunteers and they represent the College so well.”
The talented students are both set to achieve triple distinction stars in their course, the highest possible grade achievable.
Former Northfield Academy student Sophie is hoping to become a Paramedic or Chiropractor on completion of her course, having always had an interest in the medical industry. She has applied to Liverpool University.
Sophie said “I enjoy my course because of the science aspect; I especially enjoy learning about anatomy and biology.
“It was also great to get out on a work placement and lovely to meet the residents.
“I now feel prepared for University and have made loads of friends since studying here.”
Meanwhile former ST Michaels Catholic Academy student Lucy is undecided on her future career goal; however plans on exploring her options further in the health and care sector.
Lucy said “I enjoy how varied the course is. My favourite modules have included psychology and sociology, it’s very interesting.
“My favourite part of the course has been the placement; I have enjoyed building relationships with the long term residents.”
Work experience is a compulsory feature of the Level 3 Health and Care course, and students are required to complete 200 hours on placement to complete their qualification. Middlesbrough College has great employer links and allows students to secure placements in a range of health and care settings.
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