Care student wins competition

College News and Communications
Wednesday, 02 July 2014 14:57

Care CompetitionA student from South and City College in Birmingham has won a UK health and social care competition.

Tara Smith, aged 26 from Handsworth fought off students from colleges across the country to win the prize, demonstrating her excellent skills in health and social care.

The competition is the fourth heat for the WorldSkills UK 2014 Health and Social Care Competitions, and was held on the 27 June 2014 at Shipley College in Yorkshire.

The heats have enabled 32 of the 104 competitors who registered to compete from England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales to demonstrate their excellent skills in delivering health care whilst in a competitive environment.

Tara who is studying towards her Health and Social Care Level 3 qualification at South and City College in Birmingham said: "I can't put it into words, I was so nervous and I couldn't have done this without the training and support from my college. This has given me so much confidence and it just shows what you can achieve with dedication."

Competitors were given life-like scenarios and asked to perform tasks which were marked on their communication and presentation and their technical care skills, including providing personal care, checking vital signs, co-working and providing care with empathy and compassion while maintaining client dignity.

Tara will find out later in July if she has scored a high enough mark out of all the regional winners to compete in the next stage of the competition at the Skills Show at the NEC in November.

This years' competitions are sponsored by Profiles4 Care and the NHS Leadership Academy.

Jacqueline Louise Boyd (20) from City of Glasgow College came second and Leah Whelan (25) from Burnley College came third.

Making the awards, Lead Judge Pat Pearson said: "WorldSkills just gets better and better as a competition and a real showcase for how well social care is carried out. It was a pleasure to observe such committed competitors taking part in this heat at Shipley College and to award prizes to some outstanding care workers and students."

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