Allan Court Care Centre, which is part of care home operator Bondcare, has teamed up with Newcastle College to help enhance standards in the care sector.
Four students, Dionne Coley, Coral-Jade Foster, Jessica Morrison and Jainaba Touray, who are aged 18-25 and studying a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health Sciences at Newcastle College, will undergo a three-week placement at the care home to gain practical training and experience in preparation for their entrance to nursing.
The students will assist care staff at the home and help with attending to residents’ care, ensuring that residents’ physical and emotional needs are met and supporting individual and group based activities at the home.
Based on Benwell Lane in Benwell, Allan Court provides specialist care, including general nursing, general residential and dementia care for up to 60 elderly residents.
Christopher Denton, Manager at Allan Court, said: “We are extremely pleased that we can support local students and help them to develop their skills in order to reach their career goals in the care sector. We were delighted to hear that Allan Court was chosen due to its excellent reputation for standards of care and its continued relationship with the local community.”
David Christer, Placement Officer at Newcastle College, said: “First-hand experience in a care setting is vital for our students to progress on the Health Sciences course and is important to help constantly enhance standards of care in the sector. We hope to develop a long-term, productive relationship with Allan Court that will provide further placement opportunities and provide our students with a valuable insight into working in the care sector.”
Newcastle College works closely with employers to provide learners with experience of real working environments. Placements are an integral part of many of the courses offered through the College’s School of Health and Enterprise and play a vital role in preparing learners for employment.