Sixth form students from Hellesdon High School in Norwich enjoyed an insightful tour of premises at Hammerton Court recently. Staff there were pleased to welcome the students and to talk to them about the effects of dementia on service users, for their BTEC course in Health and Social Care. The students were shown round two dementia wards and Clinical Team Leader, Pat Turner, spoke to them about her own career in nursing.Tutor, Jane Wisbey, wrote to the Trust to thank the staff and let them know how much the students had enjoyed the visit.
"The students thoroughly enjoyed the experience," she said. "They have variously described it as inspiring, unique, uplifting, caring, well-designed, touching, open-minded, welcoming, a safe and secure environment, unexpected, down-to-earth, non-judgEmental, touching and forward thinking."The Trust is keen to encourage further engagement with local schools to promote career opportunities and career pathways within the Trust Jane Stringer, Support Workforce Careers Facilitator at the Trust, said: "Many of these students had never visited a hospital ward before and events like this allow us to talk about the wide variety of roles available within the NHS."Many students are interested to know that it’s not just doctors and nurses! We can also talk to the students about the apprentice opportunities that are available at the Trust and in the NHS generally."