Four of Cowley Sixth Form’s Year 13 Nurse Cadets have volunteered their services to help the college’s mass COVID-19 testing programme.
Amy Smith, Holly Cunliffe, Megan Sorby and Mollie Brisco (pictured L-R) have completed an online training programme and gone through some practical experience with the college’s trained staff to be ready and able to assist with the rapid lateral flow testing being used to help detect asymptomatic Coronavirus cases.
Following government guidelines to help keep secondary schools and colleges as safe as possible, Cowley are providing regular COVID-19 testing for staff who remain on site in addition to the key worker and vulnerable students who continue to attend school during the lockdown.
The four students will be helping individuals carry out their tests as well as going through the process to obtain the test’s result.
Director of Sixth Form at Cowley, Mrs Faulkner, said: “With the current national lockdown rules in place, unfortunately the Nurse Cadets have been unable to undertake some of their usual regular work placements which are associated with the course.
“I’m really pleased that, instead, they will be putting the skills, knowledge and experience gained on the course to good use by helping Cowley’s testing programme and to help keep their fellow students and the college’s staff safe in the learning environment.
“We are incredibly proud of the important work they are doing during this difficult time.”
One of the students, Mollie Brisco, added: “It is a pleasure to have the opportunity to help.”
These students are all part of the popular Nurse Cadetship course on offer at Cowley Sixth Form. You can find out more about the course online: http://www.cowley.st-helens.sch.uk/nursing-cadetship.