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Helen Carr is a Senior Lecturer in Practice Learning (SLPL) within the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Social Care. Helen works closely with two of our NHS Trusts in their delivery of practice education, developing placement capacity and the quality of our placement experiences for students, as well as supporting Social Work placements. The role is interprofessional. Helen has a background in Social Care, from working in children’s homes and within the refugee sector, and Helen teaches within the Faculty on Migration and Mental Health. Helen originates from the Social Work team at CCCU.
During this past year, Helen has been collaborating with colleagues (Mary Makinde, CCCU, Sarah-Jane Ryan and Channine Clarke, University of Brighton) in developing a HEE-funded virtual placement – Bridging the Gap to Leadership – for AHP students to develop their leadership skills whilst developing resources for practice educators supporting BAME students in their placements. This exciting project has given many opportunities for learning around new models of placement and the resources are already being used within workshops with our placement providers. The posters encourage conversations on microaggressions and racism, and the animations allow us to explore case scenarios from a placement perspective. Supporting students through this placement has been a privilege this year, so thank you to you all.