NHS staff access training in Writtle University College facilities

March 2020

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(NOTE: This is an archived press release.)

Writtle University College (WUC) in Essex is proud to be supporting the NHS. WUC chose to move to remote learning methods on March 17th. WUC's unused lecture theatres and classrooms will now be used by NHS trainers to teach the next generation of ambulance drivers and paramedics.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Tim Middleton said: "For many years, Writtle University College has had the privilege of hosting courses for the East of England Ambulance Service on our campus. In light of the current situation, we are pleased to support our long running partnership and offer NHS trainers access to our teaching facilities at this challenging time."

The 'Transition to Practise Programme' will help to provide highly skilled, vital frontline workers. The newly qualified personnel will be of enormous benefit to the NHS and provide essential support as the UK addresses the challenge posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Writtle University College is very glad to be able to offer this small level of assistance to the UK's all-important key workers.

Social distancing remains in effect on WUC's campus. The ambulance staff to be housed on site will be placed within ensuite halls, at a suitable distance from our remaining students. All inhabitants will be reminded to maintain a distance of at least 2m from others at all times and to follow all government issued hygiene guidelines.