Health & Social Care
Choosing to study in the Health and Social Care department at Lancaster & Morecambe College will give you access to exciting programmes of study across all levels, taught by well qualified tutors with industry experience. Progression through the qualifications levels is encouraged and supported. You will undertake work experience as part of your course, in a variety of settings, where you can apply what you have learnt in the classroom to practical experiences. The Health and Social Care sector is one of the largest employers in the local area so the courses can lead to fantastic job opportunities. If you choose the Apprenticeship route, you will have access to an experienced and knowledgeable assessor throughout the work-based qualification.
Caroline Openshaw, Head of Health & Social Care
“College is great. The tutors are understanding and their teaching methods are creative and adapted to the student’s needs, which really benefitted me and the others in my class. The College has not only helped me grow academically but as a person too.”
Rebecca Cousin, Diploma in Health & Social Care
Previous students have gone on to study a variety of courses at degree level including mental health, adult and children’s nursing, as well as psychology and radiology degrees. University destinations have included Leeds University, Manchester Metropolitan University, Liverpool John Moores, UCLan and the University of Cumbria. Students can also progress onto a Higher National Certificate/Diploma in Health and Social Care here at Lancaster & Morecambe College. Employment opportunities include care assistant or care manager in residential and domiciliary care, as well as youth and community work and clinical support worker.
Your future career could be..
|Care Assistant||£15,000 - £20,000|
|Radiographer||£21,000 - £68,000|
|Nurse||£22,000 - £48,000|
|Midwife||£22,000 - £48,000|
|Social Worker||£24,000 - £40,000|
|Health Visitor||£26,250 - £41,000|
Professionals share their experiences during Industry Week.
Charlotte Ayres, a qualified Assistant Psychologist and Care Co-ordinator met with a range of students from Level 2 and Level 3 in the Health & Social Care department at Lancaster & Morecambe College on the 28th January 2018.
As part of industry week Charlotte visited College to talk to the groups about how and what she studied in order to gain her current position in the Health and Social Care Industry. She also offered past experiences of working with a range of service users who have varied disabilities and support needs. Charlotte kindly gave up her time to inspire students who are wanting to work in the Health and Social Care sector. She travelled from Sheffield to share her wealth of experiences of what it is like to work in Health and Social Care in a large city.
This gave students the opportunity to ask questions during the professional talks and develop their understanding about the sector they would like to progress into. Students apply knowledge they have learnt in theory lessons and link it to the information they are provided with from professionals throughout the sessions.
Katie Wood, Lecturer in Health & Social Care said: “In Charlotte’s role as an Assistant Psychologist she has to discuss topics that are challenging but extremely beneficial to service users. Her journey from University to where she is now in such a short period of time is inspirational to students. Charlotte made links to communication theories we had learnt in lessons and this solidified the students learning”.
Imogen Key, Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care Student said: “As a second year student this talk helped my understanding that all experiences in the Health and Social Care Sector is beneficial to a career in the nursing sector”.
Industry week is a fantastic opportunity for Child Education and Health and Social Care students to meet professionals from the industry. Students have the opportunity to experience talks from professionals, including a Neo-natal Nurse, Intensive Care Nurse and an Assistant Psychologist.
To find out more about these courses, click HERE
Students Deliver Sessions in the Community
As part of their course a group of Family Care Skills students visited Lancaster District Day Services where they were able to deliver a creative and interactive session to service users. The session provided opportunity for the students to demonstrate teamwork as well as developing professional behaviour appropriate for the health and social care industry.
Students worked together to plan the activities, taking into consideration the age, resources and ability of service users. This helped them to produce an educational session through the use of puppet making and book reading. The service users were encouraged to create puppets linked to their favourite characters from the books that the LMC students had read to them. This allowed the service users to be creative whilst providing opportunity for the students to progress towards their Level 1 Extended Certificate in Skills for Employments and Further Learning.
Lancaster District Day Services Manager, Peter Browne said “We hope that all the students enjoyed yesterday's visit, I had good feedback from staff and I'd be happy to help facilitate a monthly visit from now on.”
Commenting on the visit, academic tutor Francesca Grimmitt added, “The students interacted with the service users professionally and had some motivating conversations with members of the care team at the centre.”
This experience provided opportunity for the students to gain a better understanding of what working with service users who have a wide range of needs is like. The College continues to develop links with local partners to provide these fantastic opportunities for students. For more information on course at the College, click HERE.
Twenty Five New Dementia Friends at LMC
Health & Social Care students from LMC have been visited by volunteers from the charity, Dementia Friends.
After the completion of the session there are now over 25 dementia friends in the Health & Social Care department at LMC, where students signed cards to be delivered to the homes of people with dementia. The Dementia Friends charity is set up to let people with dementia know that there is support for them and people are raising awareness and money to support people with the illness.
Louise and Jess from the Royal Voluntary Service kindly came to talk the students their main focus was raising awareness and how to support people who have dementia on a day to day basis. They promoted the key messages:
- Dementia is not a natural part of ageing
- Dementia is caused by disease of the brain
- Dementia is not just about losing your memory – it can affect thinking, communicating and doing everyday tasks
- It’s possible to live well with dementia
- There’s more to a person than the dementia
Louise and Jess also volunteer with the Alzheimer’s Society and travel nationwide to help raise awareness to young people in schools and colleges, and also form part of another group who give up their time to chat and spend time with people who have dementia.
Louise said “It is vital to come to places like LMC to make sure that young people can fully understand dementia. At some point in their lives, they will come into contact with someone who has dementia, with 1 out of 14 people over the age of 65 being diagnosed with disease, and this figure only increases with age. A really shocking statistic is that someone is diagnosed with dementia every 3 minutes. We are able to run awareness sessions nationwide and can even cater for groups as young as 6 years old. There are currently 2 million Dementia Friends in the UK, and we’re looking to make that 4 million by 2020.”
The Royal Voluntary Service came about from the Women’s Voluntary Service, which was established in 1938, prior to the outbreak of World War 2, and will be celebrating their 80th year anniversary this year. Queen Elizabeth II famously volunteered in the factories during the war effort, and in 1966 was made a patron of the WVS, adding Royal to the title.
National Dementia Week is coming up, running from 21st to the 25th May. Fundraising events will be running nationwide, ranging from sports, bake-offs and quizzes.
Local Students Enjoy Ongoing Tasters
We have recently finished our After School Taster Sessions, which opened the College campus to Year 10 and 11 students from local schools, who could come to try out some of the courses available at LMC.
Students from local schools, including Ripley St Thomas, Morecambe Community High School, Central Lancaster High School, Heysham High School, as well as from schools further afield, including Queen Elizabeth School and Dallam School, came to LMC to take part in sessions such as Animal Management, Health & Social Care, Hair & Beauty and Construction & Engineering, giving them an insight for what to expect at College.
After the success of the After School Tasters last year, we continued to offer the provision in 2018. Deputy Marketing Manager Gemma Miller, who organised the event, said “These taster sessions have been a fantastic opportunity for local young people, whether they have never been to the college before, or are preparing to make an application in September. Because the sessions run for several weeks, visiting students get the chance to experience ongoing projects, just like the ones they will take part in when they come to LMC.”
We will be running their annual Year 10 taster day on Wednesday 4th July 2018, where local Year 10 students will get the chance to experience the courses available at LMC before applications open in October 2018.
Course taken: Health & Social Care Level 3
Previous school: Furness Academy School
Current job: Support Worker at Lifeways Community Care
Tell us about your time at LMC
I really enjoyed my time on this 2 year course. It was a challenging experience but was definitely worth it, especially with the amount of support that is available to you.
All of the tutors on this course provide as much support as they can, and are always ensuring they push each individual to do their personal best.
Throughout the course we had to complete three work placements. I went to Morecambe Bay Care Home, which I really enjoyed and gained valuable experience which helped me for my career of being in the care industry. I also went to Ostley House Home for the Blind in Barrow which was interesting, and Morecambe Road School. I would recommend this placement especially to anybody doing this course, it was such a rewarding week and I loved being with the children and helping them with their education!
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Courses taken: Health & Social Care Level 3 & The NHS Cadet Course
School: Ripley St Thomas
University attended: University of Cumbria, where I achieved a First Class Hons. Degree in Adult Nursing.
Current job and employer
I am now a Registered Nurse working on Ward 37 at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary.
What were the best things about your course?
The staff at College were very supportive and the course reflected the university course and prepared me
well for my next step.
Why did you choose your course?
My goal after education was always to become a Nurse. This course offered the chance to learn more about nursing and offered practical experience on the various work placements.
Why did you choose Lancaster and Morecambe College?
I chose LMC because it’s my local college and had a good feel about it on the Open Day.
What would you say to someone who was thinking about doing the course?
I would say definitely go for it. The course is hard work but worthwhile, it’s a great experience!
How did LMC help you to get where you are today?
Studying at LMC offered me the opportunity to apply for university and achieve my goal of becoming a nurse. The work placements helped to increase my confidence and gave me the opportunity to network in medical environments.
What are your plans for the future?
I’m aiming to be the kind of nurse I would want my family to be treated by.
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