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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
or by calling 01670 841200 and dialling extension 451.
Anyone wishing to volunteer for the NEAS should contact email@example.com
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