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Nursing home to offer year-round international student programme

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A care home in north London is extending a work experience scheme for international students so that it runs year-round, following a successful trial period.

Wembley-based Coplands Nursing Home, which is owned by Orchard Care Homes, has in the past four months worked with Dutch student nurses who have shadowed senior nursing staff and carers.

“We have thoroughly enjoyed and benefitted from the first two exchanges…The student nurses are so eager and keen to learn”

Sibyl Wright

The programme is funded by European student exchange organisation Erasmus and organised through ADC College, which arranges work experience on behalf of European education providers. After a succesful pilot it will now run throughout the year.

This is in addition to the home providing clinical placements for UK nurses from local universities.

Those leading the scheme at the 79-bed home said it provided the students with a range of learning, while helping to develop staff mentoring skills. It also meant residents spent more time with nurses or carers, they said.

Coplands Nursing Homes

Nursing home to offer year-round international student programme

Source: Orchard Care Homes

Marlous Oosterveen, Sibyl Wright, Joline Black and Payal Chaabra

Home manager Sibyl Wright said: “We feel incredibly lucky to have been asked to work with ADC College and we have thoroughly enjoyed and benefitted from the first two exchanges.

“The student nurses are so eager and keen to learn, and they bring such a positive energy to the home,” she said. “This is a great opportunity for student nurses in training, as care homes have residents with all sorts of different health conditions and complexities.

”They have received a much broader experience here, as we are constantly researching, reading and reviewing healthcare needs, and finding new ways to apply these to support and enhance our residents’ care,” she added.

Lorraine Lee, director of nursing at Orchard Care Homes, said: “In my 40 years in nursing, I have not come across this sort of arrangement whereby the private sector care provider and an international student nurse body are working in partnership to support the learning and professional development of student nurses.”

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