Health and Social Care students at Nelson and Colne College Sixth Form have visited Prague to get a better understanding of health care services offered in the UK and abroad.

Nelson and Colne College Sixth Form is committed to giving all of its students a broad and in-depth education which will not only provide them with the academic knowledge required for further study of their chosen subjects, but also equip them with real-life experience which will help them in the world of work. Trips and visits to places of interest are a vital part of their education and therefore students studying Health and Social Care were excited to attend a residential trip to Prague.

During the trip, the students visited a Mother and Baby Centre, which is the equivalent of a maternity home in the UK. Here the students were able to experience first-hand the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and observe the treatment of a child born at 26 weeks and weighing only 400 grams.

Next they attended a visit to a Home for the elderly, where the students compared what the UK and the Czech Republic do in caring for their retired citizens.

Finally, the group visited a children’s home that is run by the state. They learnt how children were given a place to live from new born to age 18+ if they do not have family to care for them, or if the state feels that living with their parents is a risk.

Feedback from the tip was extremely positive.  Health and Social Care student Natalie Nolan, who hopes to study Psychology at university after completing her course, said, “It’s been a fantastic trip full of really interesting experiences. We would never have seen such variations and differences in the health care systems of different countries if we had only visited places in the UK.”