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SOCIAL CARE|CAREER PATHWAY|CARE TRAINING|INTRODUCING THE CARE SUITE TALKING CARE
Introduces...the CARE SUITE to YOU!
        care training in good health with launch of new suite...
 project. The Care Suite is going to be an incredibly important facility for Oxfordshire. Equipping our health and social care teams with the essential skills and hands­on training they need is crucial to ensuring a positive future for care services throughout the County.”
The facilities will support training in areas including dementia and end of life care, infection control and medication administration.
 Student Feedback:
Fe Todd is in the final year of her foundation degree in health and social care, which she is completing part­time while also working as a health care assistant at Stoke Mandeville Hospital. She said: “I chose to do the foundation degree as I want to develop my career and become a nurse. This is helping me to take the next step. These new facilities provide you with an opportunity to practice skills and build confidence in ways that you just couldn’t do in the workplace.”
Allabella Wheeler­Artwell, aged 17, said: “I want to work in children’s care and then progress into mental health as I am interested in how the brain can recover from trauma and illness. These facilities are so life like, I feel like I am in a hospital rather than at college. Using the equipment and facilities will definitely make me feel more confident about going into the workplace.”
 The training of healthcare professionals in Oxfordshire has received a boost with the launch of a new educational facility.
Activate Learning has launched a new Care Suite at its City of Oxford College campus in Oxpens Road.
The facility, supported by a grant of nearly £400,000 from the Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership, provides a simulated hospital ward ­ complete with medicine storage and hand washing stations ­ and a home care training suite, designed to model a residential care home.
The facilities are being used by students preparing for careers in health and social care and those already employed by the NHS, who are following a foundation degree programme run in partnership with Oxford Brookes University. The facilities are also available to meet the staff training needs of local healthcare organisations.
Sally Dicketts, Chief Executive of Activate Learning said: “Oxfordshire is facing major challenges in terms of the future capacity and capability of the adult health and social
care workforce. There is rising demand for care services as a result of an ageing population and the local authority’s strategy is focused on supporting people to live independently within their own homes.
 “It is estimated that the social care workforce alone needs to grow by 750 new jobs every year to 2025 to keep pace with demand. This new care suite will help to attract more people to consider working in the sector, giving them an excellent preparation for their career, as well as developing the skills and expertise of those already employed by the NHS and Care Providers.”
The £400,000 grant from the Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (OxLEP) forms part of a total £460,000 investment to create the clinical care skills suite, home care room, medicine and equipment storage areas and breakout teaching and learning zones.
Nigel Tipple, Chief Executive of OxLEP, said: “We are delighted to be involved with this
  To learn more about how YOU can get involved with the care suite... simply contact: 01189 554668 or visit: www.cityofoxford.ac.uk
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