Cornwall's healthcare professionals celebrate success
at annual conference
Students from across Cornwall's healthcare providers
have showcased work from their studies on the Healthcare Practice
Foundation Degree with Cornwall College, at an annual conference.
The conference, held at Roadford Lake near Okehampton, was
attended by employers including Cornwall Care and the Sector
Skills Council for Health as well as staff and undergraduates
from Cornwall College. Most of the students are studying part-time
with the College while working in health-related organisations
throughout Cornwall, including the Royal Cornwall Hospital,
care homes and general practitioners' surgeries.
"I wanted to further my career, but didn't
want to be a staff nurse as it was too desk-based,"
said Healthcare Practice foundation degree student Andrew,
who works in the Medical Admissions Unit at the Royal Cornwall
Hospital Trust and who attended the conference. "I
was on the steering group last year to be involved in the
development of this course. I'd like to take it further
after I graduate and go out and work in the community."
Julie Smith, trainee assistant practitioner with a community
nursing team in North Cornwall, has enjoyed the course and
found it directly links to her day-to-day work. "It's
really opened my eyes to the window of opportunity for learning
and I'm already feeling like a more valued member of
Ruth Beretta, Course Manager for the Healthcare Practice
Foundation Degree from Cornwall College, helped organise the
event and was delighted with the quality of students'
work. "I am so proud of the achievements of our
students, which have been demonstrated today by the commitment
of their managers, in their presentations and in the high
standard of academic work they have produced," she
said. "It's given us the opportunity to reflect
on last year's achievements and look forward to next
Tracie North, Director of Operations and Quality at Cornwall
Care, was involved in writing the course and also attended
the conference. "We have a good partnership with
Cornwall College, which is helping to develop a confident
workforce in the county, and a team who are accountable and
responsible. The course is unlocking the full potential of
The course, approved by the University of Plymouth, is based
at Cornwall College Camborne, and develops clinical skills
and theoretical knowledge to prepare healthcare practitioners
for working in a rapidly changing industry. It is delivered
as part of the Combined Universities in Cornwall initiative,
which is part-funded by the Objective One European Regional
Development Fund (ERDF).
John Latham, Principal of Cornwall College, said: "Many
of our foundation degrees are developed with employers, which
ensures the knowledge and skills our students gain are exactly
what industry needs. The Healthcare Practice conference is
a good example of how this partnership can work successfully,
for the benefit of our students and local employers."
Applications for the course are being taken now, to start
in September. More details are available online at www.cornwall.ac.uk
or contact the College on 0845 22 32 567 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information please contact Lucy Thornton on 01726
226553 or email email@example.com.
The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the
Isles of Scilly has invested in the Combined Universities
in Cornwall (CUC) project, both Phase 1 and Phase 2, through
the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the European
Social Fund (ESF). Cornwall College is a partner of the CUC.
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