Health and social care students from Banbury and Bicester College have been exploring care systems outside the UK during a study trip to Prague.
The 19 students visited five settings across a week; each offering a unique insight and experience of health and social care in Eastern Europe. Visits included a drop-in centre for people with drug addiction and a kindergarten where English lessons are provided for children as young as five.
Chloe Hawtin, aged 19 and currently in her second year of the Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care Level 3 programme, said: “Prague was an enlightening experience that provided me with knowledge about how health and social care systems work abroad, and how much it can differ from care systems in the UK. The overall experience was enjoyable, informative and well-planned out. I would recommend this kind of trip to anyone if they’d like to understand more about the care system in other countries.”
Mat Sentance, Teacher and Faculty Manager, said: “The trip was a fantastic opportunity for students to broaden their understanding of health and social care. We met a range of professionals working in different settings, offering an overview of the conditions they work in and the challenges they have.
“All of the students seemed to come away with something new and a changed perspective of health and social care provision back home. The trip benefited the students by allowing them to reflect on the differences in health and social care, particularly when making a direct comparison to the work placement experience that they do as part of their programme.”