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DHSS Awards Ceremony 7 July 2006

The Department of Health and Social Security was very pleased to celebrate the excellent achievements of its staff at its Awards Ceremony at the DHSS Education and Training Centre at Keyll Darree on Wednesday, 28th June. Vocational and academic awards achieved by no fewer than 86 health and social care workers were recognised and applauded by all concerned.

Steve Rodan, MHK, Minister for Health and Social Security, who presented the awards in the afternoon session said,

“This is the second time that I have had the pleasure and honour to present these awards and I am delighted and proud to present them again. Training new and existing members of staff to such high standards ensures that the Department will continue to provide the best possible service to the public now and in the future.”

Dr Jacqueline Yates, Head of Learning for the Department of Health and Social Security said,

“This is an outstanding achievement on the part both of the students themselves and the teaching staff team in the Department.”

In the morning, City and Guilds National Vocational Awards in Care, Diagnostic and Therapeutic Support, Dialysis Support, General Healthcare Support, Health and Social Care, Promoting Independence and Assessor Awards were presented. Ambulance Technician and Ambulance Paramedic Awards were presented under the auspices of the Institute of Health Care and Development. Hazel Hannan, MHK, Member for Social Services presented the awards and we were honoured with an address from Magda Keeba, External Verifier with City and Guilds.

In the afternoon three awards were presented by Steve Rodan, MHK, Minister for Health and Social Security: the University of Huddersfield Diploma of Higher Education in Diabetes, the Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) Diploma of Higher Education in Health Studies and the MMU BSc (Hons) Health Studies. The Department is extremely pleased that 14 students graduated with BSc (Hons) in Health Studies of which 4 were successful in obtaining 1st class awards. This is a very high proportion of 28% as compared with the national average 1st class awards from students studying part time of only 9%. A further 4 obtained Upper Second Class degrees, 5 Lower Second Class and one Third Class.

At Diploma level, results were also good with one student achieving a Distinction.

Participants on the Diploma and degree come from a variety of professional backgrounds and courses are open to anyone working in the health and social care field with the required academic pre-requisites.

If anyone is interested in completing academic programmes of study with the DHSS Health and Social Care Teaching Team, please call 642931.

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