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Key Curriculum Area Exchange
Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Sweden has a reputation of being ranked amongst the most successful in the world. Dealing with infant mortality, adult life expectancy and care in the community to a very high standard, whilst keeping the costs low. They are also faced with the difficulties of carrying this out in a very rural environment providing a rich learning environment for the students at North Highland College, who also have to carry out their work duties within similar geography and therefore Sweden makes an excellent partner for college mobility activities in the care sector particularly. The objectives of the project were to carry out an extension to a work placement, evaluating the differences in a care environment between Sweden and Scotland and observe and learn from the working practices carried out in the different care settings. There were 4 students taking part on the placement, all female between the age of 19-28. In order to ensure that we met all the criteria the was required for the assessment of the candidates we followed the learning guides set out in the qualifications descriptor for work placements and used our internal project management skills to plan the travel and activities the candidates undertook. The students were all working through a Health and Social Care Programme. They undertook a number of activities whilst on the three week placement, ranging from theory lessons within the Kalix College, practical work in the local hospital, Care home for the elderly, Care Home for Learning Difficulties and children. Alongside this they had the time to experience the culture of living in Sweden, gaining life experiences as well as enhancing their core and theoretical skills in Health and Social Care as well as their employability skills. The desired impact was to share good practice locally and highlight the possible changes that we can make in our community practice and broaden the opportunities for our young people. On a national level we are sharing the good practice with the colleges in Scotland as we collectively look to address the gender issues in care. We very much see the longer term benefits being the creation of future links with partners globally, ensuring that we are sharing good practice to address global debates on healthcare as well as widening the prospects our of community through seeing the advantages of working in a culturally different setting.

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