Beauty therapy learners gain employability skills out in community

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Patients of Coathill Hospital and West End Drive Sheltered Housing in Bellshill were recently pampered by students from New College Lanarkshire.

Beauty Therapy students from the College’s Motherwell Campus attended the local centres to provide manicure treatments to some of the patients, to help develop their experience while giving something back to the local community.

The group of 20 students from the Level 6 course provided the treatment to patients, overseen by Lecturers in Beauty Therapy, Joanne Callaghan and Val Knox.

Lesley McCreaddie, Ward Manager at Coathill Hospital, said: “The visit from the students went exceptionally well. They were all were very professional, caring and patient with the ladies, who really enjoyed the sessions and were actively discussing their pamper treatments with staff, and their relatives.

“It is extremely important to have partnerships like this between the Hospital and the College, as non-nursing students, the patients feel free to discuss topics with them they may feel they don’t want to discuss with nursing staff and students. The students brought a bit of the outside world to the patients, and just general chat is very beneficial to the patients.

“Links between the Hospital and College which combine the young and the elderly hopefully helps both generations, and this session certainly achieved that, as the pictures clearly show.

“I’d like to thank the students and lecturer who came along and I hope that more sessions can be implemented in the future.”

One of the students who visited the West End Drive Sheltered Housing, Caitlin McGuire, commented: “The residents benefitted as they got to enjoy a relaxing experience and they got to converse with new faces. It was a lovely treat for them with a great turn out!

“I gained valuable experience talking with clients and doing treatments. I also felt like I helped the residents feel good and made a difference to their day."

Joanne Callaghan, Lecturer of Beauty Therapy, said: “The students really enjoyed the experience and found it very beneficial as they adapted to a different working environment.

“Meeting and treating clients with dementia was particularly challenging as they had to be more in tune than usual with their interpersonal skills to ensure the patients were comfortable with having the treatment.”

Margaret Yule a volunteer befriender from West End Sheltered Housing said, “The input from the students was fantastic. They were so professional but engaged the ladies so well. I have never seem the group so happy and we look forward to our visit to the College in May!”

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