2 March 2012

NEW College healthcare training film in the running for top award

A FILM made by students from a Bromsgrove and Redditch college, helping healthcare staff communicate with people with dementia, has been nominated for a national award.

Stand By Me was created in collaboration with University of Worcester’s Association for Dementia Studies and Herefordshire and Worcestershire NHS to develop a training resource for healthcare staff.

The resource comprises a 140-page teaching book, written to accompany a six-part DVD, produced entirely by NEW College’s HND media students last year.

The Learning on Screen Awards celebrate and reward excellence in the use of moving image and are run by the British Universities and UK Film Council.

The film has been nominated for a Learning on Screen Award, and could named a winner at a ceremony taking place at the British Film Institute Southbank, in London, this April.

The DVD includes a series of interviews with professionals and six mini-films reflecting a range of realistic situations aimed at raising awareness and improving the quality of communication by health care staff with people living with dementia and their families.

The DVD’s theme song was written and performed by director Ben Hyett, and arranged and recorded by Sean Macreavy.

The scripts were developed from a series of focus groups, and were written by NEW College’s media student David Troth. Fellow media student Ben Hyett was director and media lecturer Sean Macreavy was producer.

Shooting took place over six months and the final product launched at Bromsgrove’s Artrix Theatre, where ITN newsreader John Suchet was master of ceremonies and guest speaker.

Sean Macreavy, nominated for the second year running, said: “I’m so proud of what the students have achieved.

“It’s wonderful this fantastic resource is already being used in dozens of healthcare institutions.”

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