A Pathways employee has secured the first part of a qualification designed to further develop her skills as an outstanding health care professional.
Having completed a two-year foundation degree in care practice with Lancaster University at Blackburn University Centre Blackburn College, Helen Lowther has now started her top up year to complete her degree in Care Practice.
She has thoroughly enjoyed the foundation course, finding it both informative and relevant to the current climate in social care.
Helen has worked for Pathways for just over five years at the units on Whalley Rd and Blackburn Rd.
“Not only do you learn academically whilst doing a degree but also about yourself, about how you work best and how to manage your time,” said Helen.
“There’s a focus on self-evaluating constantly and looking for areas to improve on, referred to as Professional development.”
She said that the most interesting part was the research project – learning how to research properly and carrying out her own project.
Her project title is ‘Do emergency services staff receive adequate and relevant training for dealing with mental health service users and their needs’ which will be updated to form Helen’s dissertation in her final year of study.
The course modules covered a variety of topics including Care Planning, Care Management, Values and Principles of Social Care, Care Law, Psychological Principles, Counselling and Advocacy, Contemporary Issues in Social Care and Social Care Policies.
Helen is looking forward to the final year’s challenges and, of course, to completing the final year.