Access to HE Students Promote Healthy Living

Access to Higher Education (Health Professions) students at Walsall College hosted a Health Promotion Event at Wisemore Campus this week.

Students organised the whole event themselves as part of their course. They were required to plan, prepare and implement a small scale health promotion, which meant they had to make contact with both internal colleagues and external agencies and respond to issues as they arose.

They worked in groups and each focussed on a different health issue which included mental health, sun safety, first aid, alcohol awareness, dental health, blood and organ donation, healthy eating and sexual health. Each group planned their own stall, collected resources and organised the loan of specialist equipment.

A range of free fruit and healthy food samples as well as activities attracted students and staff from across the college to the stalls, where the health students were on hand to offer advice and guidance on a range of health issues.

One group of students decided to work in partnership with the Walsall Clinical Commissioning Group and support the NHS Stay Well Walsall campaign, aimed at helping people to choose the correct local NHS service if they are injured or unwell. By making the right choices at the right time, patients will receive the best possible treatment in the most appropriate place and also allow busy A&E departments to help the people who need them most.

Course Leader, Angela Taylor said: “The students have shown great professionalism and initiative in organising this event, from becoming experts on their chosen topics to researching guidelines for promoting health issues, and even making links with professional organisations to ensure they were able to provide accurate and up to date information.

“Over the two days they spoke to a broad range of people from different walks of life, including fellow staff and students, from senior managers to supported learning students, as well as children from the college’s Little Professors Nursery to members of the public. They were very compassionate and mindful of the way in which they delivered sometimes sensitive information

“The students all have aspirations to pursue careers in nursing, midwifery, physiotherapy or similar after going to university, so organising this event was a great insight into the health awareness aspect of industry roles.”

About Association of Colleges West Midlands

AoC West Midlands promotes and supports the interests of 38 general further education, sixth form and specialist colleges throughout the West Midlands region. The West Midlands is a diverse region and our colleges reflect this diversity. From small specialist colleges in rural locations to large inner city establishments, colleges reflect the needs of their local environment. Working closely with employers, learners and the local community, our 38 member colleges offer a broad range of flexible learning opportunities for individuals at all levels. They aim to give local people the skills they need for success and prosperity, tackling barriers to learning and providing opportunities that meet the needs of individuals and employers
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