NCL students and staff have been working hard to support the NHS throughout the current crisis – however this isn’t the start of the College’s commitment to helping our community.
Prior to lockdown, a partnership between the College’s Beauty Therapy team and the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Glasgow was developed, aiming to enhance the wellbeing of NHS staff while providing our students valuable opportunities.
Two students from the Motherwell Campus completed a one-day placement at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Glasgow.
Debbie and Megan, both working towards a career in Beauty Therapy, offered relaxation treatments on staff to help them unwind and take some time for themselves during a busy shift.
The pair said: “We feel very privileged to have been given this opportunity to go along to The Royal Hospital for sick Children and give a little something back to the staff who we both know work extremely hard day in, day out.
“For us, giving up a few hours to do this felt like such a small thing but the staff were all so grateful.
“We would love to be able to go back more often - it was such a rewarding day.”
The placement was the first of a series planned ahead of the current crisis, with all students on the course on a rota to visit the hospital on a monthly basis. It is hoped this will recommence when it is safe to do so.
All students on the HND Beauty Therapy programmes take on voluntary work placements, building up their skills and confidence while giving back to the community.
Jane Crowe, Curriculum and Quality Leader for Beauty Therapy at the Motherwell Campus, said: “We know now more than ever the pressures our NHS staff are under, so our students chose this placement to offer some recharge and respite during their working days.
“All the placements we organise for students have a community element, as it is a fantastic service we can provide to people who will really benefit from it.
“Although in its infancy this has given our students an amazing experience on the many different avenues their career can lead them to.
“Thanks to lecturer Gillian Forsyth for organising the placements and ensuring our students are prepared to provide the best service.
“I’d also like to thank Susan at the hospital for the opportunity. The feedback from the hospital was really positive and we look forward to working with them again in the future.”
Susan Simpson, Theatre Educator at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, said: “NCL kindly agreed to offer staff therapies to the hospital by their HND students volunteering their own time to come and provide relaxation therapies for staff.
“This initiative was a great success, with staff saying they felt less stressed and happier afterwards and asking when it will be happening again.
“Thanks to Debbie and Megan as well as the staff at NCL for your kind participation in volunteering your services to promote wellbeing within our department. It is much appreciated and we can’t wait until you come again.”
The hospital have ensured they will provide each student who participates a reference to commend their support, professionalism and services.
Applications to study Beauty Therapy at NCL’s Motherwell, Coatbridge and Cumbernauld Campuses are now open for August starts. Find out more here: https://www.nclanarkshire.ac.uk/courses/beauty-therapy-and-nail-technician