Equipping students for the challenges of an ageing population
By 2021, the population of people aged 85 and over in Cornwall
will double to more than 22,000, and now more students at
Cornwall College than ever before will be able to gain the
necessary skills to help meet this challenge.
Cornwall College is launching an innovative new university
course, a Foundation Degree in Older Persons' Studies,
approved by the University of Plymouth.
The first of its kind in the country, the foundation degree
will include study of the physical and psychological changes
that take place as we age, giving students the skills to care
for older persons in a range of settings.
"This is an issue that affects thousands of us
in Cornwall," says Ruth Beretta, Course Manager
at Cornwall College. "This course attempts to challenge
some of the negative perceptions of ageing and covers strategies
which can be adopted for maintaining independence in later
Students can specialise in dementia and cognitive dysfunction,
rehabilitation or end of life care, depending on which field
they work in.
"We have been working very closely with key employers
in the region including Cornwall Care, the NHS Trusts and
Adult Social Care to ensure the skills our graduates gain
are directly applicable in the care setting," Ruth
Ruth Bardell, Education Training Development & Workforce
Manager with the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly NHS, is enthusiastic
about the new course. "The NHS supports this excellent
degree course which has given us the opportunity to support
staff in their new roles and meet the future needs of patients
Students will have the opportunity to earn and learn during
the course, as many will remain in employment and study part-time.
"We've tried to make the course as accessible
as possible," explains Ruth. "Students
split their time between the college and the workplace, with
just one day a week spent on campus. Skills gained through
work experience make up a key element so it's ideal
for those already employed in the care sector."
Cornwall College is part of the Combined Universities in
Cornwall initiative, which is part-funded by the Objective
One European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), and which has
brought millions of pounds worth of investment in higher education
to Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.
"Cornwall College has a wealth of experience of
working with employers to meet industry need,"
says John Latham, Principal of Cornwall College. "This
course is another great example of a successful partnership
that has helped the development of a valued new training opportunity."
Applications for the course are being taken now. 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.
Cornwall College is the largest college in the UK with over
Cornwall College has seven campuses in Cornwall, these are
Camborne, St Austell, Saltash, Newquay, Duchy College Rosewarne,
Duchy College Stoke Climsland and Falmouth Marine School.
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