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My Community

Jenny Smyth, adult nursing student at Queen's University, Belfast, is also a key worker for an adult with a learning disability and a member of the Squad UK for WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017.

WHAT IS YOUR BACKGROUND IN COMMUNITY PRACTICE?

I completed the BTEC level 3 extended diploma in health and social care at the Southern Regional College in Banbridge, Northern Ireland. We studied a total of 18 units over two years as well as completing 100 hours of work placements, which I undertook in a surgical ward in Craigavon Area Hospital and a children’s ward in the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast. I also volunteered with St John’s Ambulance and in a local nursing home, which involved assisting at mealtimes and shadowing the different clinicians.