Student paramedics are benefiting from work experience placements in Sanctuary Care’s homes across Worcestershire and the West Midlands.
A cohort of up to 50 BSc (Hons) first year students from the University of Worcester are getting ‘real life’ work experience, with a five-week placement in Sanctuary Care’s homes. The first half of the group have been based at nine homes in Worcestershire.
The placements help them to develop their communication skills, giving them an insight into life in a care home, as well as Sanctuary Care’s ethos of keeping kindness at the heart of its care, promoting dignity and respect.
They take part in every aspect of daily life in the home, from helping with mealtimes, taking part in activities and shadowing the senior care assistants to learn about any medical needs the residents may have.
In January, the second half of the cohort will carry out a five-week placement in Sanctuary Care’s homes in the West Midlands.
Neil Quinn, Sanctuary Care’s director – human resources, said: “We are really proud to be supporting the University of Worcester by welcoming these aspiring paramedics into our homes.
“The feedback from our teams has been very positive and our residents have really enjoyed spending time with them. Intergenerational projects are so important to give people a mutual respect for different generations and this partnership is also proving to be a beneficial experience for our staff and residents.”
The university’s practice lead/senior lecturer paramedic science, Sharon Hardwick, commented: “The university’s new BSc programme provides the students with all the skills and attributes they need to become a paramedic of the future, this placement will focus not only on skills but the more social aspects of the role. We are really excited to be working with Sanctuary Care to achieve this.
“Communicating with people during what could be a stressful time can be challenging, the placement opportunities with Sanctuary Care enable the students to develop their communication skills alongside their professionalism in a safe, supportive environment. With the help of Sanctuary Care they will develop into competent students and paramedics of the future.”