Student paramedics are benefiting from valuable 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 Sanctuary Care’s nine homes in Worcestershire, including Regent Residential Care Home and Juniper House Residential Care Home in St John’s, Worcester and its Birmingham homes, including Castlecroft Residential Care Home in Weoley Castle.
The placements, which involve the students remaining at the same home for the full five weeks, 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.
Speaking about the placements 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.”
Two of the students at Regent Residential Care Home in School Road, 18-year-olds Siobhan Kirk and Matthew Lloyd, are really enjoying their placements.
Siobhan said: “Everyone has made me feel very welcome and all the staff have given me guidance and support. The residents are really friendly and it has been good to build a rapport with them. I really feel part of the team.”
Meanwhile Matthew added: “It has been wonderful and I am learning a lot. The residents are all so lovely and the home is really well run. It is great to be a friendly face, talking to the residents and getting to know them.”
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.”
Other Worcestershire Sanctuary Care homes taking part in the project are:
Beechwood Residential Care Home, Upton-upon-Severn
Ravenhurst Residential Care Home, Stourport-on-Severn
Hastings Residential Care Home, Malvern
Heathlands Residential Care Home, Pershore
Westmead Residential Care Home, Droitwich
Breme Residential Care Home, Bromsgrove
Brambles Residential Care Home, Redditch.