Caring students get a foot in the door at region’s hospitals

Caring students get a foot in the door at region’s hospitals  
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Health and social care students are gaining a glimpse of their future careers by volunteering with the North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (NEAS) at the region’s hospitals.

Eight students from Northumberland College's Ashington Campus will be assisting the ambulance service by welcoming incoming patients. The students will check the patients in, take them to their appointments and care for them whilst in the hospital.

The caring students, who are aged between 18 and 30, will start their volunteering work at the end of this month and will be based at Wansbeck General Hospital, North Tyneside Hospital and Newcastle's Freeman and RVI hospitals.

Lee Hakin, who studies the Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care, hopes to progress to university after his course to study nursing and is welcoming this opportunity with open arms. Lee will be volunteering at Wansbeck Hospital.

The 19-year-old from Ashington said: "I was keen to get some practical experience of nursing so this opportunity will prove to be invaluable; it will look great on my CV and university application."

Chris Black, Project Manager from NEAS who set the project up in 2010, said: "Over the four years the project has proven to be a great success. The project just grew and now covers 6 hospitals in the North East, which enables NEAS to provide a high quality patient focused service to our patients.

"This is a great example of collaborative working between Northumberland College and NEAS and we are looking forward to working with more students in the future."

During the two year course students must complete 300 hours in work placements to develop their practical skills in the workforce and build their confidence dealing with members of the public.

This year students have completed their placements in a range of health and social care settings including care homes, day care centres and youth services amongst others.

Companies in the early years or care sector who would are able to provide students with work placements are asked to contact Emma John, Placement Officer on or by calling 01670 841200 and dialling extension 451.

Anyone wishing to volunteer for the NEAS should contact

Northumberland College offers Apprenticeships in over 40 different subjects and works with over 700 employers across the region in a wide range of industry sectors. 


The photo shows students at Newcastle's RVI hospital. Front right: Chris Black, Project Manager from NEAS and student Rebecca Wilkinson