Nursing Students to Get Bilingual Training to Help Learning Difficulty Sufferers

Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales), August 6, 2011 | Go to article overview

Nursing Students to Get Bilingual Training to Help Learning Difficulty Sufferers


PRIZE-WINNING Welsh-medium teaching resources designed to boost student nursing in Wales were launched at the National Eisteddfod's Maes yesterday.

A team from the school of healthcare sciences at Bangor University has led the project to develop teaching resources for their nursing students, so they can receive specialist training in nursing people with learning difficulties through Welsh.

The scheme has already been recognised by the Welsh Government Welsh Language in Healthcare (Education and Training) Award and has received the backing and financial support of the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol (the national institution for the development of Welsh medium education and scholarship at universities in Wales).

As well as extending the range of higher education available in Welsh, the teaching materials also contribute towards ensuring that people with learning difficulties receive the same standard of healthcare as the rest of society, an issue which is not currently happening at a national level.

Ruth Wyn Williams, a Welsh medium teaching fellow at the school, who is leading the project, said: "Every graduating student nurse is expected to have developed a basic understanding and awareness of nursing people with learning disabilities.

"We are also conscious of the need to provide professional nursing staff who are able to practise in a bilingual setting."

The bilingual resources will be available not only to train nurses at Bangor, but across higher education nursing education in Wales, standardising the provision across Wales and providing it in Welsh for the first time. …

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