Caring students from Leyton Sixth Form College recognised with an award

Local students have been recognised for their work caring for some of the borough’s most vulnerable people and helping to shape health services in Waltham Forest. 

The seven students aged between 17 and 18, Aksa Aamir, Alisha Shahid, Aman Ali, Maryam Makame, Memoona Zahid, Nagina Rafique, and Naomi Ellis, are all completing either BTEC or A Level qualifications at Leyton Sixth Form College.

Dr Anwar Khan, local GP and chair of NHS Waltham Forest Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), presented the students with a Waltham Forest Care Academy award for giving a Gold Standard of care to elderly patients at Whipps Cross Hospital at NHS Waltham Forest CCG’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) in September.

The Gold Standard is a charter that sets out 14 standards that patients should expect to receive while they are being cared for across all care settings in Waltham Forest.

The students talked to patients, assisted with activities and helped patients and their families complete the Alzheimer’s Society Forget Me Not Tool. This tool gives insight into patients with dementia by learning about their personality and background, likes and dislikes. The information is then shared with hospital staff to help them understand each patient as an individual.

Dr Anwar Khan, local GP and chair of NHS Waltham Forest Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said:

“I am very impressed by the commitment, care and compassion these students have shown through their work on the Gold Standard.  I hope their work has set a path for more young people to continue in their footsteps. We all need to work together to improve health and care for the future.”

Kyla Ward, a tutor at Leyton Sixth Form College, said:

“We are very proud of our students who were involved in implementing the Gold Standard at Whipps Cross Hospital.   This project has not only benefited Whipps Cross Hospital, it has boosted our students’ confidence to pursue a career in nursing. We are looking forward to enrolling more students onto this programme in the future and working towards the establishment of the Care Academy”.

View a short film about this project here.