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Carers’ university qualifications will ‘improve lives’

A NUMBER of high-level qualifications from the University of Chichester have been awarded to the next generation of Sussex Health Care staff at a celebratory event held by the company earlier this month.

Six workers were given a University of Chichester Level 5 Diploma in Professional Practice in Social Care by Sussex Heath Care, which provides residential and day-care services across West Sussex, on Thursday 15 January.

The year-long qualification provides a route for those who have completed a Higher Apprenticeship or Level 4 Registered Managers Award to achieve a higher education qualification, from which they can then progress to study a BA degree.

Pia Parry, Head of Childhood Social Work and Social Care at the University, said: “All of the students, who had no previous higher education experience, have exceeded their expectations, and we are delighted with their achievements.”

As part of the diploma, students attended monthly workshops and studied in their own time. Assignments were 50 per cent work-based, to minimise time away from their roles, which also ensured the study had a direct impact on their professional work.

The programme was a joint venture between the University and Sussex Health Care, delivered on-site at the company’s training academy at Warnham in West Sussex.

Mrs Anne Tuckley, of Sussex Health Care’s education department, said: “We are extremely proud of this achievement, as we realise the challenge of learning and working.”

The students were awarded their certificates alongside more than 80 of their colleagues, who achieved a range of qualifications from levels three to five in Social Care, Leadership, as well as Management, Hospitality, and Activity Therapy.

Owner of Sussex Health Care Dr Shafik Sachedina was full of praise for his staff. He said: “Your knowledge and wisdom will improve the life of our service users, something you should all be proud of, and your achievements impact on people’s lives.”

To find out more about studying for a Level 5 Diploma in Professional Practice in Social Care visit email business@chi.ac.uk. Alternatively for more on Sussex Health Care visit www.sussexhealthcare.org.

Photo caption, from left to right: Sussex Health Care students with Pia Parry, Head of Department Childhood, Social Work and Social Care, and Paul Temple programme lecturer.