Hands-on healthcare experience for aspiring cadets at USW

RCN Cadet taster day

Last week, (24 January 2024) the University of South Wales (USW) hosted Royal College of Nursing (RCN) cadets from local schools and colleges and gave them practical experience of working in a healthcare setting.

The RCN Prince of Wales Cadet Scheme is an established programme that gives young people an introduction to careers in nursing and healthcare roles.

RCN taster day 2

Supported by Health Education and Improvement Wales (HEIW), the event gave the cadets a taste of various aspects of healthcare, including nursing and midwifery skills, being an operating department practitioner, and introductions to occupational therapy, physiotherapy, and health and social care.

The cadets travelled to USW’s Pontypridd campus from Fitzalan School, Coleg Gwent, Bridgend College, Cardiff and Vale College, and Coleg y Cymoedd.

Using the state-of-the-art teaching facilities in USW’s Clinical Simulation Centre, the cadets were immersed in the healthcare environment and had opportunity to talk to lecturers with decades of experience.

USW and HEIW recently announced that have funded RCN cadet cohorts in South Wales colleges.

Karen Stratford-Davies, Lecturer in Health and Social Care, Coleg y Cymoedd, said: “The students have absolutely loved the event today.

“Some of my students had not considered going to university but after visiting USW they have seen what is on offer here and now have something to aspire to, which is fabulous.”

RCN taster day 3

Dr Ian Mathieson, Associate Dean, Partnerships and Business Development (Health and Social Care), said: “We were delighted to host the group of cadets today.

“USW’s strategic partnerships, such as those with HEIW, RCN, and schools and colleges, are central to our work in preparing the healthcare workers of the future.

“This event has not only provided these young adults with an insight to higher education but also provided an insight to the various healthcare environments, to help them make the right career choice.”