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Health & Social Care Academy

Our Health & Social Care Academy aims to address skills gaps in the local area by training the next generation of health and social care professionals as well as upskilling those currently working in the sector.

Established with a £1m investment from the Town Deal and support from Warrington & Halton NHS Trust, Warrington Local Authority and many other stakeholders from the voluntary and private sectors, our Health & Social Care Academy provides students with a highly immersive learning environment and valuable industry placement opportunities. We work closely with local employers, health and social care settings and care providers in the Warrington region, identifying skills gaps and providing sector-specific training.

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Students joining our college to study a health, social or childcare subject will study in our state-of-the-art Health & Social Care Academy - a regional centre of excellence.

Those wishing to pursue a career in the health and social care or childcare sector can enjoy studying in this immersive learning environment. Students will have the opportunity to undertake valuable industry placements, benefitting from working with established professionals and they will have plenty of opportunities to meet regional employers during guest lectures and workshops.

Our innovative academy features a range of fantastic industry-standard facilities, including a simulation hospital ward, dementia training resources and an independent living flat.

This regional centre of excellence will train students and those already working in the sector to meet local employment needs; making it the perfect place for current and future health and social care professionals to study.

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Are you an employer with a training need?

We are able to deliver large-scale training sessions in our purpose-built conference suite, which can be delivered live and broadcasted out to larger groups in various settings. Specialised training and delivery sessions offered include manual handling, personal assistance, first aid, and clinical skills such as venepuncture.

The state-of-the-art facilities and technologies provided within the academy enable your staff to benefit from first-class training. If you have a training need, please get in touch by emailing clinicalskillshub@wvr.ac.uk to see how we can help you.

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Clinical Skills Hub

Launching in May 2024 is our Clinical Skills Hub, which will provide free Clinical Skills training for local health and social care staff until July 2025, before switching to a subscription service. Courses on offer include catheterisation, venepuncture, wound care and prevention, end of life care, medication management, and more.

To ensure the training is aligned to the needs of the sector, we will soon launch a new Clinical Skills steering group to help shape the offer. If you are a Warrington based health and social care provider and would like to join the new steering group, or find out more about the hub, please contact us using the form at the bottom of this page.

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We're working in partnership with Catalyst Choices

Students studying in our Health & Social Care Academy benefit from an excellent ongoing partnership with Catalyst Choices. Amy Yorke, Business Centre Manager, says: "The Health & Social Care Academy has an excellent ongoing partnership with the team at Catalyst Choices. We work together in various ways, including industry placement opportunities for our students, which have, in turn, led to employment."

Catalyst Choices regularly visit the college to deliver guest lectures to our students, as well as making use of our facilities to deliver training to their own staff. We are extremely grateful for this relationship and hope it continues to develop in the future.


Amy Yorke awarded NCFE 'Support Staff of the Year' award 2023

Our Health & Social Care Academy Business & Partnerships Manager, Amy Yorke, has been awarded the Support Staff of the Year award by NCFE. The award aims to recognise and honour a member of a behind-the-scenes team that goes above and beyond to help learners and their colleagues. Amy was the worthy winning recipient due to her tireless work to ensure learners have the best opportunities in their industries whilst supporting local employers.

Rebecca Anderson-Moss, Assistant Principal: Partnerships & Growth, says: "The college could not be more proud of the work that Amy has done and the success that she has achieved for our learners, the college and for herself."

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Get in touch

Our award-winning Business Centre Manager is always on hand to support our employer partners.

If you would like further information about the apprenticeships, courses and opportunities available to employers as part of the Health & Social Care Academy, please contact us on 01925 494 441 or email HSCA@wvr.ac.uk. Alternatively, send us a message using the form below.