Girl smiling and with thumbs up to cameraWe started our Summer School in 2019, inviting 16-19-year-olds from local schools and colleges to come to the Hospice and learn more about a career in health and social care. It proved so popular in summer 2020 that we ran a further course in the autumn and so began our bi-annual course! Now re-named Compassionate Care at End of Life, the course has continued to be extremely popular with our young attendees.

This three half-day course is for young people who may be considering a career in health and/or social care. Students have the opportunity to meet professionals from these areas at the Hospice, to learn more about individual job roles, talk with patients and carers and learn about the lived experience of a life-limiting condition.

The course is very interactive and students are able to gain valuable hands-on experience too, such as mouth cleaning and massage.

We look forward to our twice-yearly courses and know that students learn a lot about end of life care. Who knows, these young people may feel inspired to return to us as qualified doctors, healthcare assistants, nurses, social workers, therapists or as volunteers later in life!

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