A NEW community hair and beauty salon has been launched in a hospital after a health trust and college went into partnership.
The salon, near to the main entrance at the University Hospital of North Tees, has been opened thanks to joint working by North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust and Stockton Riverside College.
The vacant space – for many years used as a popular dry cleaning service – has been refurbished by college joinery and painting and decorating students and will be run two days a week by final year hair and beauty apprentices.
Vicki Spinks, the trust’s workforce project manager, said: “We are very excited to have launched this new facility right in the main public area of the hospital building, accessible to anyone to visit.
“This new project marks the start of an exciting partnership we have recently started with our local college – developing students’ skills and knowledge for the benefit of patient care.
“This also includes a programme to set up hospital work placements for college apprentices, which started last month. This is all around joint working for the benefit of both organisations.
“We are looking forward to continuing to develop strong links for the future.”
Emma Booth, Stockton Riverside College’s Group Head of Apprenticeships, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for Stockton Riverside College to work in collaboration with the North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust, to give something back to the surrounding community and to help the University Hospital of North Tees to improve the patient experience.
“For our students and apprentices it has offered the chance to gain valuable work experience, including our joinery and painting and decorating students who helped to renovate the salon, to the hair and beauty students who will now experience working life in a real salon environment.”
Mark White OBE DL, Chair of Stockton Riverside College’s Board of Governors, said: “It is fantastic to see students and apprentices of Stockton Riverside College working with their local hospital to provide a service that will not only benefit the wider community, hospital staff and visitors, but also has the potential to make life that little bit better for patients and their families.
“As Chair of Stockton Riverside College’s Board of Governors and Governor of North Tees & Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust I am hugely proud to see the two organisations working side by side to create a collaborative and transformational partnership that will serve the wider community.”