Ipswich care home joins forces with University of Suffolk

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Handford House care home in Ipswich is helping students studying careers in the healthcare industry understand more about residential and nursing care. The home, which is part of the Healthcare Homes Group, was approached by the University of Suffolk, who were keen for staff at the home to act as mentors for some of its students.

The home, which is based on Cumberland Street in the town, provides residential and nursing care for up to 52 people, many of whom live with dementia.

In February two student paramedics spent a week at the home, shadowing carers and nurses to better understand life in a care home and the high quality nursing care provided. The home now has a student nurse on a six week placement as part of their three year training and this will continue throughout the year.


Home Manager Mike Parris sad, “We were really keen to get involved, the University of Suffolk provide a fantastic learning experience for our future Paramedics and Nurses.


“I see it as so important that healthcare practitioners right across the industry fully understand each other’s work. There can often be misunderstanding over the level of care provided in homes such as ours. We are privileged to have a fantastic team of nursing and care staff who provide a huge range of care services to our residents and it has been wonderful to welcome the students into the home to see this.

“All of our staff and residents have thoroughly enjoyed having the students in the home and hearing about their study so far. I hope their time with us has been beneficial in helping them understand our very important work.”

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