Patients, staff and visitors to the University Hospital of North Tees can now enjoy a spot of pampering right in the heart of the hospital.
Stockton Riverside college has partnered up with the North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust to transform a vacant space into a brand new salon.
Cutting Edge @NTH will offer a variety of hair and beauty treatments at subsidised prices.
For students and apprentices of the College, it will offer the chance to gain valuable hands-on experience working with real clients in a working salon.
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.”
The vacant space situated near to the main entrance at the University Hospital of North Tees – for many years used as a popular dry cleaning service – has been refurbished by Joinery and Painting and Decorating students from the College and will be run two days a week by final year Hairdressing and Beauty apprentices.
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.”
Officially opening the salon today, Stockton Riverside College’s Chair of Governors Mark White OBE DL 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.”
The salon project is the latest joint working initiative between the College and the health trust which has also seen the recent launch of a programme of hospital work placements for College apprentices.