College Continues to Develop with Modern Industry Standard Facilities
The College’s new, near £750,000 development, Care Centre of Regional Excellence (Care CoRE) was officially opened on Tuesday 26th April 2022, by Sandra Williamson, Chief Operating Officer – East Locality NHS Lincolnshire CCG.
The Care CoRE, part funded by the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership, is an innovative, multi-functional training centre for the sector. Focussed on teaching the industries future workforce as well as being recognised as a Centre of Regional Excellence for training and personal development within the local area.
Located on the second floor of the College’s Rochford Campus, the area was reconfigured to provide Health and Social Care learners with an industry standard clinical ward and a realistic working flat for social care including a kitchen, bathroom and bedroom to model supported living. The project also included re-roofing and replacement windows and the installation of a lift providing access for everyone to the centre.
As part of the development, learners will also benefit from brand new equipment including virtual and augmented reality, smart technologies such as fridges, motion sensors, remote monitoring capabilities, ceiling track hoist, vital signs monitor, a diabetic foot, medical screens, mannequins, iPads, laptops and furniture.
Jo Wright, Boston College Curriculum Leader for Health and Social Care, said, “We are delighted to have been given these fabulous resources to support Health and Social Care in our local community. The Care CoRE will not just support students starting on their care career journey, but also professionals in practice. The ward emulates a real-life working environment with all the latest equipment, and the flat is set up to support a person with complex needs.”
As part of the official opening, local employers were also invited to participate in a morning of activities and networking, covering current factors impacting the industry including current training opportunities to meet skills needs, sharing of best practice, implications of COVID on the sector as well as recruitment.
Following the opening, Pat Doody, Chair of Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership said, “This excellent new facility has been created with support from the LEP through the Government’s Getting Building Fund, and we’re very pleased to see it fully open and operational. As we all know, the care sector is of vital importance, especially in Greater Lincolnshire where we have a higher-than-average proportion of older residents, and technology is changing how we support them. The Care CoRE will provide training for those working in the care sector and will focus on digital skills and new technology, such as virtual and augmented reality, mobile apps, smart fridges, motion sensors and remote monitoring capabilities. These new technologies will support more people to live at home for longer, reflecting the shift from centralised care to individualised care in the home and the community. We’re delighted to have been able to help make the Care CoRE at Boston College a reality.”.
For further information and to discuss training opportunities available within the Care CoRE at Boston College please visit www.boston.ac.uk or call 01205 365701.