KCFE And Bon Secours Tralee To Partner Up As They Sign Memorandum Of Understanding

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KCFE Nursing, Emergency Services and Carers Studies students with, seated, Nursing Course Co-ordinator Caroline Cashell, Principal of Kerry College of Further Education, Mary Lucey and Nursing with Maternity Course Co-ordinator, Catherine Browne, at the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding with the Bon Secours on Thursday at their Denny Street Campus. Photo by Dermot Crean

KERRY ETB’s Kerry College of Further Education (KCFE) and the Bon Secours Hospital Tralee signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in the Kerry College’s new town centre Campus on Denny Street.

This MOU means that (KCFE) and the Bon Secours will partner in the promotion and provision of education and training in Health Education in Kerry and beyond.

It means that both parties commit to collaborate on the development and exchange of expertise in Health Education.

Medical experts from the Bon Secours  will provide expertise to KCFE  as “Expert Industry-Education Facilitators” and where appropriate, will collaborate in the delivery of  programmes related to their area of expertise e.g in Physiotherapy, Lab Technician, Dietitians etc.

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This is a unique opportunity for KCFE students and one which will ensure they will have access to ongoing expertise within a specific health specialism.

Kerry College of Further Education (KCFE) will, when required, provide Continuous Professional Development to the Bon Secours Hospital  staff and vice versa.

This training will cover a broad range of employees including administration, clinical and management grades.  KCFE and Bon Secours Hospital will also work together to identify potential work placements for KCFE students across a broad range of disciplines. For example, not only in the health related areas but childcare, sports nutrition and more.

This marked a significant occasion for Kerry College of Further Education (KCFE) as it continues to  establish itself as a leading provider of Health Education in Kerry and beyond.

Currently courses such as Nursing Studies, Maternity Nursing Studies, Health Care Assistants,  Emergency Care Services, Physiotherapy Studies and Medical Over the Counter Pharmacy Assistant,  are on offer.

KCFE Catering and Profession Cookery Studies students with Principal of Kerry College of Further Education, Mary Lucey at the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding with the Bon Secours on Thursday at their Denny Street Campus. Photo by Dermot Crean

For the next academic year, there are plans to offer additional health-related programmes from its new Denny Street Campus.

By collaborating and working with local organisations and businesses such as the Bon Secours Hospital Tralee, Kerry College of Further Education (KCFE) is in a position to respond to their requirements in the provision of courses.

“The importance of a strong working relationship between an educational establishment and the industry sector cannot be over-emphasised,” according to Principal Mary Lucey.

TJ O’Connor, Manager of the Bon Secours Hospital Tralee welcomed the signing; “We very much welcome this collaboration between our Hospital and KCFE. As a not for profit organization, we’re here to serve and work with the community of Kerry,” he says.

“We are delighted to be Expert Industry Education Facilitators for KCFE and to be developing this relationship with them and their students. KCFE offer a wide range of courses many of which are relevant for our staff and services here at Bon Secours.

“We look forward to working closely with KCFE over the coming years and are delighted to now be in a position to have KCFE undergraduates and graduates in relevant areas working with us here,” he added.

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