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Community setting

We have set up a series of community settings, where you can practise giving care in a real-world environment, such as a bedroom, lounge, kitchen or diner. Our community settings all feature appropriate furniture and, in some cases, have restricted space, ensuring that you are used to working in varied and realistic home environments.

Our community settings include:

  • Three different lounges, decorated and furnished to reflect different age groups - an older person’s home, a modern lounge and an adolescent’s lounge
  • Four different bedroom areas, decorated and furnished to reflect different age groups
  • A bedsit area
  • A dining area with a table that can seat up to eight people
  • A kitchen.

There is a strong emphasis on community nursing and we have developed these settings to meet changing training needs. As well as providing paramedic science, nursing, occupational therapy and physiotherapy students with realistic home settings in which to practise their skills, these environments can also be used by social work students to conduct representations of case conference reviews.

Our community settings all have ceiling-mounted cameras to record your training sessions, giving you the opportunity to watch yourself at work and reflect on your practise. You’ll be given the images on your own memory stick, and these recordings are also used for assessment purposes. 

We also use our local community environments and connections to teach, which may include fieldwork, inviting local people (such as homeless people) to talk to you about their living environments, or taking our academic work into the local community, such as through events like our annual Festival of Learning. 

Relevant courses:

BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science, BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy, BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy, BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy, BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing, BSc (Hons) Children & Young People’s Nursing, BSc (Hons) Midwifery, BSc (Hons) Mental Health Nursing, BA Social Work