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Moving visit to children’s hospice helps future careers

Published: January 11, 2017

Cornwall College

Students pursuing a career in healthcare have gained an emotional and enlightening insight into the region’s child hospice services.

Hospice care is an invaluable resource for children with life-limiting conditions and their families, and Access to Nursing, Health & Social Care and Childhood Studies students from Cornwall College Saltash visited Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW), to gain an understanding of the important work.

Student Hannah Howland said the experience was “eye opening as I didn’t expect such a positive, humbling and supportive place”.

“It put all my worries into perspective and it was lovely to see end of life care in a different light,” she added.

Lecturer for Access to Higher Education at Cornwall College Saltash, Norma Barrett, said it was “a great opportunity for students to visit such a fantastic local facility”.

“It brings other aspects of nursing and care for poorly children into perspective and I could see the tour had a profound effect on every student,” she added.

“Understanding the work of a children’s hospice through the visit adds a different dimension to their knowledge of dealing with poorly children and certainly enhances the Access curriculum.’

The trip certainly changed preconceptions of what the hospice would be like, as student Bethany Jones explained.

“We initially expected a clinical, hospital like setting, but instead we were greeted by friendly staff who portrayed an approachable and warm manner,” she said.

“The hospice contained comfortable domestic settings, such as the kitchen and family friendly living rooms, with incredible facilities that clearly make all the difference to each child and their family. It was clear to see that the hospice have done all that they can to make life for families as normal as possible through facilities such as the sensory room, the pool room, the park and garden. This enables children and their families to continue with family activities and hold onto a sense of normality.”

For more information about the range of Access to Higher Education courses available across The Cornwall College Group, please visit www.cornwall.ac.uk or contact the College on 0330 123 2523.

You can also attend a Career and Advice Day on Saturday 21st January 10am – Midday.

For further media details, please contact Jamie Knights, PR Manager for The Cornwall College Group, Tel: 01209 6163101, Mob: 07795 814308 Email: jamie.knights@cornwall.ac.uk

Notes to Editors:

Cornwall College is part of The Cornwall College Group, which incorporates Duchy College, Falmouth Marine School and Bicton College and is one of the largest FE and He providers in the South West.

Cornwall College is recognised as one of the best catering colleges in the UK, with Centre of Excellence status in three disciplines, accredited by People First.

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