(L to R) Healthcare Students Laura Dixon, Rachael Foster, Claire Wilson and Jodie Watson with David Taylor-Gooby

Students Learn About The NHS

Tue, 17/04/2001 - 01:00

A group of healthcare college students got the opportunity meet and question a member of County Durham LINK, as part of their studies, to find out more about the history of the NHS and how it has changed over the years.

The group of 10 students are all studying on a Level 3 Health and Social Care Diploma at East Durham College in Peterlee.

David Taylor-Gooby, who is the Easington District representative for LINk, a Local Involvement Network set up by the Government in April 2008 to give local people a stronger voice in how their health and social care services are delivered, gave the presentation about the NHS.

Mr Taylor-Gooby spoke to the students about the history of the NHS and how it has changed over the years. The students also got to learn more about how the NHS operates and is run today.

Student Claire Wilson, aged 19 from Wingate, said: “I have really enjoyed the presentation. It’s great to have someone like David, who works in the local area, come in and speak to us about the current issues in the NHS. It has definitely helped me relate what I have learnt on my course to the real world.”

Students also took part in a debate where they discussed who should decide how NHS funding is used, privatisation and the recent closure of Hartlepool A&E.

Julie Knowles, a Health and Social Care Lecturer at the College, said: “The students found the session very informative in relation to changes happening in the NHS and also health inequalities in County Durham.

“This will help the students focus on promoting health education in their course work and helped to educate them on a number of progression routes when they finish the course.”

Mr Taylor-Gooby added: “I was very impressed with the students and how they participated in the discussions and debate. We are keen to encourage as many young people as possible to get involved with our local commissioning groups.”

For more details on healthcare courses at East Durham College please call 0191 518 8222 or check out the course area.