Care Academy placement success at Callywith College

Three Health and Social Care students from Callywith College are celebrating the completion of their Care Academy placement with Bodmin Hospital.

Billy, Ellie and Sumeyye applied for the RCHT Care Academy in the summer and were selected from masses of applicants across the region.

All three students completed 100 hours of practice on their placement this term, working across a number of hospital departments, including the Stroke Ward and Minor Injuries unit and with the Occupational Therapy team. 

The feedback from Bodmin Hospital staff has been overwhelmingly positive, with comments praising the work of all the students:

“It has been good to have the students on site, Billy has been keen and eager to learn and develop and Sumeyye and Ellie received praise from the lead occupational therapist they worked with, on their high level of engagement, positive approach and enthusiasm.”

Health and Social Care Lecturer Jen Brown is very proud of the student’s achievements, saying:

“I am very proud of the students and how they have used their work placement as an opportunity to make links between theory and practice and develop the necessary skills for university level study of their chosen subjects. They have learnt so much from their experience and grown in confidence as a result.”

Speaking to the students they all agree it’s been an incredibly positive experience, which has helped to shape their future and their decisions when applying for University.

Both Sumeyye and Billy have decided to study Operating Department Practice at University, applying to Universities in Cardiff, Portsmouth and Oxford Brookes.

Sumeyye, who has an interview at Portsmouth this week, shared how the experience helped her, saying:

“Working across the different wards really helped me to learn more about the job roles available, and see in practice what each role does. There was more to some roles than I realised and this helped me decide what to study.”

At the start of the placement Ellie was unsure whether to follow a career in nursing or teaching. Now, she has decided to become an Occupational Therapist and is applying to study this at University. Ellie puts this down to spending time visiting patients with the Occupational Therapist, saying:

“I found the work the Occupational Team do, helping to rebuild patient’s lives, really inspiring and asked to spend more time with them on my placement. We visited a patients’ home and looked at the adaptations needed for them to lead an independent life.”

Following the completion of their placement the students plan to apply for jobs at Bodmin Hospital and continue building on their experience. 

You can find out more about the Health and Social Care courses on offer at Callywith here.