New £8m healthcare education centre is venue for ‘Summer Careers Fair’

Published: 4 July 2007 at 14:13

A Summer Careers Fair is to take place at Anglia Ruskin University’s Rivermead campus in Chelmsford in the almost completed, state-of-the-art healthcare building which is set to greatly improve the facilities that support the way that health and social care professionals are educated in Essex.

The doors of the new £8m development for the Faculty of Health and Social Care (FHSC), one of the largest providers of health and social care provision in the UK, will be opened on 24 July (from5.00pm until 7.00pm) for people keen to explore the careers options available in healthcare to get a preview of the new facilities on offer. The education and training building is being constructed to bring long term benefits to students, staff and, ultimately, patients.

Two floors of the new building will be opened to those attending the advisory event which will showcase some of the new facilities. Four separate wards will be set up to demonstrate ‘real-life’ hospital environments.  Healthcare staff and ‘patients’ will be on hand to act out various healthcare simulations surrounding the activities of healthcare departments including A&E, Intensive Care, Radiography, Surgical, Complementary Medicine and Midwifery.

According to Jenny McGuinness, Business Manager, at the FHSC, it is an event for anyone of any age or educational background who is interested in a career in healthcare not to miss.

“If you or a member of your family is considering a career in nursing, midwifery, radiography, social policy, social work, Complementary Medicine, counselling or similar, you must come and talk to the academics and careers professionals who will be on hand to give advice at the event.”

“We have courses ranging from Foundation Degrees in Healthcare to BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care programmes, and all the subject-specific degrees needed to launch individuals into any specialist careers sector. It really is all here at Anglia Ruskin University and with this outstanding new training facility, the education and training routes on offer have just got infinitely better.”

The new centre, positioned between the Michael A Ashcroft Building and the Tindal Building, will be up and running by the start of the academic year 2007.

A joint venture between Anglia Ruskin University’s FHSC and the Essex Workforce Development Confederation, the five storey building will offer dedicated clinical space on two floors.

“This is more than just a building – it’s a totally different way of thinking about education and this is just what Essex needs. It is a fact that over 45% of the current nursing population of Essex will retire within the next five years and so we need to encourage new recruits to the sector.”

“Coupled with this, the predications are that there will be major growth in Essex as a result of the many regeneration projects planned for the county and we need to ensure a ready supply of appropriately educated and trained health and social care professionals to ensure the best care for this population growth.”

The building will have simulated clinical environments, giving students the opportunity to get hands-on experience in a variety of settings. It will be available, not just for nursing students, but for other staff groups including social workers, podiatrists, physiotherapists and occupational therapists.

As part of the new training programmes, it is planned that actors will be used as patients. Students will be videoed carrying out assessments and then given immediate feedback. As well as bed areas, there will also be the latest technology available so students can handle the equipment to get a firm understanding of it without being watched by patients to lessen anxiety and demystify the various training processes.

Those interested in attending the event are invited to the new Healthcare Building at Anglia Ruskin University between 5.00pm and 7.00pm on 24 July.

For more info on the Summer Careers Fair, please visit