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Students support local charity in helping hospital patients

BTEC L3 Health and Social Care students are working with local charity 'Kissing It Better' in supporting patients in hospital wards - ensuring that their experience is a much more enjoyable one. The opportunity was made possible by Jill Fraser, Director and co-founder of Kissing It Better.

The students involved have been working across multiple wards at Watford General Hospital including ‘Tudor’ and ‘Bluebell’, they have been supporting mainly elderly patients and those suffering from dementia. Students have been working with dementia patients to help trigger their memories by using various props such as mini vintage cars, Winnie the Pooh and Paddington Bear.

When asked how this experience has benefitted her, student Debbie Clay said "I feel more confident to approach a patient and start a conversation." All students were presented with training mornings to improve their understanding and techniques towards helping those suffering from poor mental health, these were delivered by Jill Fraser.

Student, Jazmin Bulley was very pleased with the opportunity and thankful for the training received "The mental health training morning was really informative, it will be great to share with upcoming university interviews." Another student, Ellie Edes, was equally excited about the benefits this experience would have towards her development "This was a great opportunity, seeing the day to day running of the hospital. This will benefit me when I begin my paediatric nursing course at university."

Jill Fraser was delighted with the help and support from our students saying that they are “the best I have ever had.” The health and social care tutors wanted to give special thanks to Jill and the Kissing It Better team for allowing our students to take part in such a rewarding experience.

Follow @Kissingitbetter on Twitter for updates on future work with our students.