This has become an annual event at the Academy and this year’s event was bigger than ever. The aim of the day is for students to work with practitioners, as well as people they support, to participate in practical workshops to learn a new skill for the health and social care sector; and thanks to the generosity and enthusiasm of the practitioners and services involved, there was such a broad a range of opportunities on offer during the day.
Workshops were facilitated on Occupational Therapy, Care and Support Work, Youth Offending Team Support work, Physiotherapy, Mental Health Nursing and Psychosis awareness, Midwifery Skills, supporting Children’s Emotional Health and Wellbeing, Radiography, Orthoptics, Understanding some experiences of young LGBT+ people and social work.
Practitioners who took part were from Designability, The Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust, Way Ahead Care, Wiltshire Council, B&NES Early Intervention in Psychosis service, Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust, Butterfly Care, Off the Record (BANES), Dimensions, Wiltshire Health and Care, Relax Kids, Banes Youth Offending Team and Winchester University.
As well as discussions, the activities they took part in included: experiencing some Physiotherapy exercises, finding out what it is like to be moved in a hoist, looking through prisms, trying out relaxation exercises and experiencing dementia through a virtual reality headset.
As always it proved to be a fantastic way to encourage learners to consider career areas they may not have thought about otherwise, to explore a range of knowledge and skills and to see how these skills are so transferable within the sector.
The learners and staff enjoyed hands on, experiential activities and working with practitioners, and those they support, to discover more about the sector as well as the skills and knowledge needed for the range of roles within it.
As well as facilitating workshops, Practitioners had the opportunity to attend other workshops.
One of the visiting Practitioners said:
“I really enjoyed working with your students, and learning alongside them. They were very accepting of having an unknown adult in their midst. The workshops I attended were really informative, and the students appeared very engaged.”
Some learners have secured work experience placements and others have already starting researching next steps for new career paths they would not have even considered before.
Some of the learner’s comments are listed below.
“Everybody was very friendly and informative as well as letting me know about how to become what they are!”
“This really helps me to look further into different careers and what I would like to do!”
“I liked learning things that I didn’t know before, such as how people can benefit from help from us”
“The employers were very good at explaining what kind of obstacles comes in with their jobs”
Staff also had an amazing day and have talked about how much this has helped them to broaden their understanding of the sector and enhance their teaching. Thank you again to all involved.