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Rotherham partnership is a shining light

19 Feb 2016 17:19:29
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Jennie Swift, far right, with Rotherham College representatives and the Beacon Award

Rotherham College has received a Beacon Award for a unique project supporting trainee doctors at Rotherham Hospital, part of The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust.

Hair and make-up students have been working with the Education Department at the hospital, to create visual symptoms of illnesses and injuries on hi-tech mannequins to help trainee doctors to practice making a diagnosis. The technique, known as moulage, allows students to support our trainee doctors while getting practical experience themselves.

This is the first partnership of its kind in the UK and has allowed the college students to get meaningful work experience to help them develop their skills and prepare them for the workplace as well as helping doctors enhance their skills.

The college received the prestigious Beacon Award for Practical Teaching and Learning, sponsored by the Edge Foundation, from the Association of Colleges (AoC), the membership organisation for further education colleges. The college, through its partnership with the hospital, part of The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust, was judged to have demonstrated excellent teaching and innovative thinking in the further education sector when it comes to creating positive opportunities for both staff and students.

Kelly Carr, Lecturer in Hair and Media Make-up, said “We were delighted to be short listed. We never expected to win as the standard from all of the nominations very high. To actually win was fantastic!”

David Harbourne, Acting Chief Executive at The Edge Foundation which sponsored the award, said: “The partnership between Media Hair & Make-up students and the Clinical Simulation Department of their local NHS hospital is ground breaking, unique and should be an inspiration to other further education colleagues.

Jennie Swift, Clinical Educator and Simulation Lead at Rotherham Hospital worked closely with the college and the students to enable this project to go ahead. She said: “It has been amazing to work with Rotherham College’s Hair and Make Up students and tutors. They have been so enthusiastic and creative and have really embraced the opportunity to work with our clinical teams as part of their own and others’ training. The Beacon Award is very well deserved and I’m pleased that our Trust has been able to support the college in gaining such a great accolade.”

The Beacon Awards ceremony took place in London on 10 February where the award was officially handed over in front of representatives from colleges and education establishments from all over the UK.

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