The NHS alone employs more than 2 million people making it the single biggest employer not just in the UK but Europe, while a further 1.4m people are employed in the private and social care sectors.

Hardworking, dedicated and caring employees can sometimes be hard to find.

Ellen Edwards is a shining example of a student preparing for the world of care. She is compassionate, patient and enduring.

Ellen’s twin sister has cerebral palsy and other health complications and after living with and caring for her and her grandparents, she realised she loved it. This inspired her to enrol onto the Level 3 in Health and Social Care at Sussex Coast College Hastings.

Following on from a great experience, She naturally progressed on to the HNC in Health and Social Care and will complete her HND in 2015, receiving a full Honours degree in 2016.

Ellen commented, ‘Care is not just about physical practice, it is about connecting with the person you are caring for and showing empathy.’

‘People don’t always take their role in care seriously, and because of that, the patients don’t receive the care they deserve.’

Ellen recently left a job working in mental health care, which she found extremely challenging but rewarding, to find a job in another area of care, expanding her experience across different areas of the care industry.

Ellen plans to finish her honours degree, which is completely coursework based, with no exams, before doing a fast track teaching course, hoping to go on teach others in areas of Health and Social Care.

Being inspired by her tutors, Ellen commented on their brilliance. ‘The help and one-to-one advice we receive is immense. The support and guidance has made my learning experience easier and more enjoyable. I cannot praise them enough.’

To find out more about studying HNC/HND in Health and Social Care at SCCH, visit:http://www.sussexcoast.ac.uk/courses/child-health-a-social-care/377-hnd--degree-courses/1825-hnc-hnd-health-and-social-care.html


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