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Andy Carter MP impressed with Warrington & Vale Royal College’s new Health & Social Care Academy

If you’ve been following the developments taking place at Warrington & Vale Royal College recently, you’ll know all about its brand-new Health & Social Care Academy (HSCA). The state-of-the-art facility houses an Independent Living Flat, a Simulation Hospital Ward and life-like early years settings; designed to train and develop the health and social care workforce.

Andy Carter MP in the Health Social Care Academy

One person keen to see the facility was Andy Carter MP, who was unable to attend the official opening in October due to prior engagements. He recently attended the college to meet Amy Yorke, the HSCA Business Centre Manager, who was able to tell Andy more about the facility and give him a guided tour. Whilst exploring the facilities, Andy met current students Caitlin and Emma, who were delighted to share their experiences with him and demonstrate how to use some of the industry-standard equipment in the hospital ward.

Andy was very impressed with the facility, saying: “I really enjoyed my visit to the new Health & Social Care Academy at Warrington & Vale Royal College. This is a fantastic life-like learning environment for students wanting to pursue a career in health and social care, funded with £1million from the Government as part of Warrington’s Town Deal. The HSCA is also helping to address the shortage of staff in this important area and ensure we have the right skills for future generations. It was great chatting with first year students like Caitlin from Great Sankey and Emma from Latchford, and to see how they’ve been learning to take blood samples using the high-tech equipment at the HSCA.”

The college was delighted to host Andy and share the exciting things happening in the HSCA. Amy Yorke, HSCA Business Centre Manager, said: “It was a pleasure to host Andy during his recent visit to the college. It was an excellent opportunity to show off the facility and the hard work that we are doing. We are continually developing links with employers and local partners that are helping us to establish the reputation of the college. We have been able to begin delivery of clinical skills and other training offers for local businesses and employers, and it was great to be able to share this with Andy.”

Click here to find out more about the Health & Social Care Academy. Click here to view the range of Health & Social Care courses available at the college.