Competitors from the New College Durham and Barnsley Hospital Trust scooped the first prizes in the fifth and sixth qualifying heats in this year’s WorldSkills UK 2017 Health and Social Care Competition, which were held at Shipley College and are part of the world’s largest vocational skills competition.
The results for both heats were:
1st place – Talitha Carys Bowman, New College Durham
2nd place – Veronika Vaigauskaite, Southern Regional College
3rd place – Ellie Mae Newby, New College Durham
1st place – Shavaune Herbert, Barnsley Hospital Trust
2nd place – Melissa McTague, Rotherham Hospital
3rd place – James Holes, Scarborough Sixth Form College
Organised by Profiles4Care Ltd, the WorldSkills UK competitions are part of WorldSkills International, the world’s largest vocational skills competition. The competition aims to find the best adult health and social care workers in the country. A total of six regional qualifying heats are taking place between May and July, with the eight highest scorers from across the country going forward to the National Finals at the Skills Show, being held at the NEC in Birmingham this November.
Over the course of the day competitors needed to demonstrate the delivery of excellent health care in a mix of written tests and live activities, assessed by a panel of expert judges from across the country. The activities, which includes working with older people and people with learning disabilities, were devised by Profiles4Care Ltd to replicate situations which health and social care workers would be expected to face in their everyday roles.