Officially opened in April 2022 and part funded by the Greater Lincolnshire LEP, the Care CoRE is an innovative, multi-functional training centre for the care sector.

It focuses on teaching the industry’s future workforce and is recognised as a centre of regional excellence for training and personal development in the area.

Located on the second floor of the College’s Rochford Campus, the area was reconfigured to provide health and social care learners with an industry-standard clinical ward and a realistic working flat for social care including a kitchen, bathroom and bedroom to model supported living.

The project also included re-roofing and replacement windows and the installation of a lift providing access for everyone to the centre.

As part of the development, learners will benefit from brand new equipment including virtual and augmented reality, smart technologies such as fridges, motion sensors, remote monitoring capabilities, ceiling track hoist, vital signs monitor, a diabetic foot, medical screens, mannequins, iPads and laptops.

These new technologies will support more people to live at home for longer, reflecting the shift from centralised care to individualised care in the home and the community.