Rotherham College has received a Beacon Award for a unique project supporting local Rotherham trainee doctors at Rotherham Hospital, part of The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust.
Hair and make-up students have been creating the visual symptoms of illnesses and injuries on hi-tech mannequins, in the Trust’s Simulation Suite, to help trainee doctors to practice making a diagnosis. The technique, known as moulage, allows students to support local doctors while getting practical experience themselves.
This is the first partnership of its kind in the UK and allows students to get meaningful work experience to help them develop their skills and prepare them for the workplace.
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 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. Winning recognition for our Practical Teaching and Practical Learning sums up our ethos at Rotherham College.”
David Harbourne, Acting Chief Executive at the The Edge Foundation which sponsored the award, said: “The Edge Foundation has been proud to sponsor the AoC Beacon Award for Practical Teaching and Practical Learning for over a decade now. These awards not only recognise the high quality of teaching and learning, but share Edge’s ambition to raise the status of practical, technical and vocational learning.
“Rotherham College is a worthy winner of this award. 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.
“The students research and create moulage effects which mimic a wide variety of health conditions for use in NHS training and medical diagnostic sessions. Working alongside a range of healthcare professionals, they learn how to create work of the highest standard and how to deal with real work pressures. This helps develop the skills and self-confidence needed to progress to meaningful careers or further study.”
Roger Marriott, Chief Assessor for the Beacon Awards, said: “Every year the Beacon Awards receive a large number of excellent submissions and the high standard made it hard for assessors to determine the winning application in each category.
“All the entries demonstrated the commitment of colleges to create the best possible experience for their students. Rotherham College of Arts & Technology can be rightly proud to be named as the winner of the category.”
Representatives of the colleges were invited to the AoC Annual Conference and Exhibition where the results were announced. A local presentation ceremony will take place in the new year.