The new £5million health and social care centre which will provide hands-on experience and training to the next generation of key workers, has officially opened its doors. The Marches Centre of Excellence for Health and Social Care in Telford will provide state-of-the-art training facilities for courses including nursing, paramedic and social care students.

The official opening at the University of Wolverhampton’s Telford Campus on Thursday 20 May included a ribbon-cutting by the Mayor of Telford and Wrekin, Councillor Amrik Jhawar. He was joined by University Vice-Chancellor Professor Geoff Layer, Chief Executive of West Midlands Ambulance Service Anthony Marsh and Chair of the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Mandy Thorn.

The opening featured videos of students and staff in action and was live streamed to enable potential students, staff and partners to join in the event.

The Centre, which has received £3.5m Growth Deal funding from the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), will enable students to gain hands-on, real-life experience of the profession they will enter and ensure they have the skills and knowledge to benefit employers.  

The new facilities will include a room for paramedic science and other disciplines, a mock house, various teaching spaces and new student social spaces. 

Andrew Wood, Managing Director at Overbury, said “Overbury are proud to have been part of a project that will help train the next generation of key workers. From the teaching spaces to the simulation facilities, it was a fantastic project to be involved in.”