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Care Skills Training Centres

The Care Skills Training Centres at Guidlford College, City of Oxford College and Reading College give you a unique insight into careers in the health and social care sector.

Across our Guildford, Oxford and Reading campuses, we offer hospital wards, fully-equipped home care rooms, emergency care centres, and fully immersive, 3D, VR learning spaces. These state-of-the-art facilities ensure we can provide activities tailored to your educational and training needs.

Our Care Skills Training Centres at Guildford College, City of Oxford College and Reading College provide acute clinical and residential care facilities for simulated teaching and learning.

As well as using the facilities for our own learning programmes, we are keen to help meet the training and development needs of local health care organisations, schools and colleges.

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Our centres offer a range of facilities and equipment. We give you hands-on experience by training with simulation mannequins that have state-of-the-art IT monitoring and diagnostic resources.

Our healthcare pathways with industry placements

The Hospital Ward

Fully immerse yourself in a realistic, clinical environment and learn essential clinical and caring skills.

Our simulation mannequins allow you to learn care skills in a safe but realistic way. As a mock A&E department, the care suite gives you the opportunity to practice basic and advanced observational skills, first aid, emergency care, drug administration and wound dressing.

Each of our six beds is monitored via plasma screens, and has allocated IT diagnostic equipment, allowing more advanced students the opportunity to practice their skills independently. Our IT classroom has internet connection, screening and recording equipment.

The Immersive Space (Guildford and Reading only)

The immersive spaces at Guildford and Reading College use cutting-edge projection equipment to simulate a variety of environments. Images are projected onto the walls of the learning environment through 360 degrees, making you feel like a real part of the action. From operating theatres to deep dives inside the human body, you'll see it all!

The Home Care Room

Our home care room has been designed to replicate a real-life home environment; you can practice in-home care provision and independent living promotion for the elderly, or those requiring care in their own or residential home.

The home care room includes a seating area and bedroom, plus a fully-equipped bathroom with hoist and bathroom aids. The room also has all the aids needed to care for people with a range of different health conditions.

The Classroom

We can provide classroom space within the care suite complex for breakout areas and the extension of learning sessions.

Classrooms are equipped with projector whiteboards, internet connection and desk and seating arrangements as required for all your educational needs.

Who we are

We empower people to go further in learning and in life, by recognising their uniqueness and by providing an environment which builds confidence and raises aspirations.

We work with students, experts in learning, and business leaders to co-create curricula and build industry-relevant career pathways. Our focus on enterprise and entrepreneurship means that our students develop real-life business skills that give them the edge in a competitive jobs market.

The facilities are used by a range of different students. Our full-time 16–18 year old students use the facility to help prepare them for careers in health and social care. Whereas our foundation degree students are already employed by the NHS and use the facility to learn new skills. The facilities are available to meet the staff training needs of local healthcare organisations as well as being open to local schools.

There is rising demand for care services as a result of an ageing population and the local authority’s strategy is focused on supporting people to live independently within their own homes.

“It is estimated that the social care workforce alone needs to grow by 750 new jobs every year to 2025 to keep pace with demand."

Our care suite will help to attract more people to consider working in the sector, giving them an excellent preparation for their career, as well as developing the skills and expertise of those already employed by the NHS. The Care Suite is an incredibly important facility. Equipping our health and social care teams with the essential skills and hands-on training they need is crucial to ensuring a positive future for care services throughout the county.

The facilities support training in areas of health and social care including dementia and end of life care, infection control, medication administration and wound care.

Rooms are available to hire and offer full and half days to support all your training needs. They will be fully supported by qualified teaching staff.