The Wellbeing Centre team are all experienced in delivering care to students.
The wellbeing team have experience in both general and learning disability nursing and care. At the start of college a Link Nurse is allocated to each student and will support them throughout their college journey.
The Nursing Team, of qualified nurses and a skilled health-support worker, offers:
- Nursing Assessment.
- Urgent Care.
- Wellbeing Clinics.
- Support with medication ordering and any changes.
- Wellbeing teaching sessions.
- Easy read health information.
- Advice on diet and nutrition.
- Desensitisation support around health.
- Multidisciplinary team working and attending reviews.
- Contraception advice.
- Epilepsy support and planning.
- Diabetes care and planning.
- Staff training – Diabetes, epilepsy and Medication.
- Nursing care plans – Longterm/ongoing conditions.
- A weekly GP surgery supported by the nursing team.
- Blood testing.
- Talking therapies and problem solving.
All students at Derwen have the opportunity to register with the College’s local GP practice. The nursing team encourages students to register locally. Having a local practice ensures ease of access to services and ability to manage long-term illnesses. Alternatively, students may wish to remain with their current GP practice in their home area.
All care and vocational staff are First Aid trained. Where required, staff will also complete the Administering Medication training.
Medication and Medication Administration Record (MAR) charts are stored in each student’s own safe. Care staff will administer all medication to students, unless they are able to self-medicate. Each student is assessed on their ability to self-medicate, or self-medicate with supervision.
Some students remain with their home dentist, optician or audiologist. Others choose to transfer to a specialist local to College. A member of the care team can accompany students to medical appointments, unless they have asked to attend independently. Students can speak to a nurse to prepare themselves for their medical appointment (who they are likely to meet, the sort of questions they might be asked etc). The outcome of this appointment will be added to the student’s health record.
Kelly Griffiths, RNLD Level 1
Kelli Jones, Senior HCA, NVQ Level 3
Elizabeth Bailey, RNLD
Each of the students has a link nurse (based on their residence):