Academic support services
No one should be left behind in achieving academic potential and life dreams because of personal difficulties
Being a student should be one of the most memorable and productive times of your life. This is the period to gain knowledge, skills and experiences to help you compete well in life. Such periods are not without challenges. Our dedicated academic support department provides a personal and practical support to college and university students to manage their learning and other academic demands.
We’re able to provide you with support that is tailored to your needs such assistance with personal care, mobility, meals preparation and nutritional support as well as with academic work and other tasks. We have carefully selected support workers and personal assistants with university and college life experience to support you to attend lectures and social events to enable you gain exciting and memorable experiences at this stage of your life.
We’re here to help you at a time that you require assistance, contact our dedicated team which is led by Andrew Malcolm who was previously a Head of student support of a local university to discuss your requirements. Call us today on 0203 643 5295 or request a call back and we’ll return your call.
Flexible and specialist services
Verity Healthcare Academic Support team are at hand to provide extra help such as one-to-one sessions or more complex care to students with dyslexia, dyspraxia and other physical and learning difficulties whilst studying at college or university. The support services are flexible and tailored around your needs and to help you to enjoy and make the most of your time at college or university.
Our dedicated nurses, personal assistants, care and support workers and academic tutors have many years of experience in providing a wide range of provide support in most situations, covering long and short term, live-in care or daily care.
Our staff are carefully chosen to ensure their skills and expertise are well matched to your personality and care needs.
Our academic support approach
We find an initial conversational assessment to understand the wide range of needs and support required is the foundation to providing you with first class services. Even more importantly, we offer uninterrupted and steady service by assigning a main personal assistant or support worker who will attend to your needs consistently with a backup staff who will step in when your regular personal assistant is on leave or unable to attend. Receiving care from the same personal assistant and support worker is vital in enabling you to receive exceptional assistance to make your college or university life special and meaningful.
When you contact us, you’ll be assigned a dedicated academic support manager who is an experienced educational nursing staff. This manager will work with you to assess and establish the type of support you require, the college or university personal assistant or support worker you’re looking for and the kind of support or care you need. The assigned manager will have oversight responsibility for your care package from start to finish.
We implement a care or support plan which is reviewed and where necessary revised to ensure that the care and support you receive meets your changing needs so that you have complete peace of mind no matter your needs. All our services are managed by highly qualified care manager and regulated externally by regulatory bodies such as Care Quality Commission to ensure that the services that you receive are exceptional and tailored to your personal needs.
As part of the assessment process, your dedicated manager will communicate with social services and your college or university to identify the facilities that will be suitable to your needs and take the best advice on the appropriate accommodation that will be suitable to your needs. Your assigned managed will ensure that that the right assistive technology facilities including mobility aids are available before you arrive.
Your personal assistant or support worker will be available to support you throughout the academic year and time at college or university. You’ll have the cover personal assistant to support you if the main personal assistant goes on holidays and breaks. You can be assured that the same routines will be maintained and the same familiar face will be by your side.
Student support services to suit your needs
We are capable of providing academic support services to students at college and university – undergraduate and postgraduate students throughout the UK. Past students who used our services have expressed their great appreciation for quality of services received from our college support workers and university personal assistant and how these services have helped with their education and social life.
Our academic support team which is made up of dedicated clinical manager, college support workers and university personal team as specially trained to support you with:
- Intimate or personal care such as bathing or washing, dressing/undressing and continent or toileting needs
- Household chores e.g. laundry and light cleaning services
- Mobility and transfer assistance including the use of wheelchair, assistive technology and hoists
- Clinical intervention e.g. support with catheter, feeding tube stoma or ventilator
- Meal preparation – drinks and food for nutritional needs
- Management of medication , if required
- Running errands
The academic support services team have helped students to learn skills to live independently, complete assignments and get to library. The college support workers and university personal assistants have enabled many students to take part in social events such as going out with with friends, visits to the cinema, and taking part in academic trips. The services help to improve the health, social emotional and psychological wellbeing of students. Our support workers and personal assistants can tailor the services to your personal, emotional and educational needs and provides support for your studies which may include:
- Taking notes
- Reading strategies
- Writing essays or assignments
- Managing time
- Organising and writing dissertations
- Preparing for examinations
- Strategies for spelling and grammar
We’re able to organize bespoke services to suit your specific needs.
Academic support referrals
From experience, we’ve found that it is always essential to arrange for academic support and personal care for college university ahead of time and as early as possible. You may have to plan a year or more in advance of college and university admissions and entry. This is to ensure that funding support for your personal and academic needs are in place.
We can help you to arrange your needs and to get referral from a healthcare professional. There after we can help you with the assessment process to identify the kind of support you need and also to identify the most suitable support worker or personal assistant to suit your needs and preferences.
Disability allowance and support services in higher education
University or College provide support for students with disability to ensure that they start out well with further and higher education. You may contact the learning support department of you college or university and speak with the learning support coordinator or disability advisor about disability allowance and any other needs and the type of support they provide. You’re only allowed to contact and apply for Disabled Student Allowances when Student Finance England has asked you to do so. This is why it is absolutely essential that you contact Student Finance England as soon as possible and let them know your circumstances.
The Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSA) may provide you with funding for the costs of:
- Specialist equipment, for example, a specially designed computer
- Support and care from non-medical helpers such as support workers and personal assistants
- Equipment to enable you access college and university buildings and facilities
- Course materials in accessible formats, such as Braille, digital voices, recorders
- Receiving extra support in lectures, coursework, experiments, tests and exams
- Producing accessible learning material and providing alternative teaching methods
- Allowing extra time for your studies
The Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSA) can offer students extra financial support up to about £25,000 based on the nature of course or course intensity. You’re strongly advised not to buy any equipment until you’ve been assessed by Student Finance England – you won’t be reimbursed for it.
Disability support funding at college or university
The Disabled Students’ Allowances does include your personal care needs. Support for a care worker or personal assistant may be obtained through the local authority social services department for the place where you live and not where your university is located
If you’d like us to help in contacting the relevant institutions and persons on your behalf, please contact us today.
Testimonials for current and past students
Here’s what our clients say about the quality of academic support they receive.
“I cannot image how I could have coped if not for the excellent support from Hillary. She’s like a big sister to me because she really cares. She goes way above and beyond what’s expected of her. She shares my joy and makes sure I don’t worry about anything. She is very organized and before I could think of anything that needs to be done she’s already gone ahead and made advance preparations for me. Her support has made a massive different to my academic and social life at University. My family love her to pieces. Even my lecturers have commented that she’s a valuable asset not only to me but to other students who need her support. Hillary, I can’t thank you enough. You’ll always be in my heart and part of my life and family” – Sophie, UCL
“Because of my condition, I’d several questions about my ability to complete my college course, until Will came on the scene. Will genuinely cares. His personality and sheer interest in my personal, social, health and academic aspirations turned the light on for me. For the first time, I was able to share in laughter and jokes while at the same time being motivated and supported to complete my college course and daily living tasks. He’s extremely passionate about what he does. He’s a motivator and very helpful. He ensures that I have all that I need for living and for achieving academic excellence. I have never been behind with college assignments. He liaises with my college, social services and disability departments so that I have all the equipment I need for my studies and for mobility and transfer. He helped me to complete my UCAS applications forms and went along with me to University Open Days. Will, I deeply grateful and appreciate all that you do for me” – Jonathan, Inner London College
What to do next
Joining Verity Healthcare is a prospect that you will relish. You will be joining a family of staff who share diverse abilities and skills for your personal and professional growth.
We’re committed to excellence and to deliver essential homecare services to our clients as the first choice
Frequently Asked Questions
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Learn what our staff and clients say about working with Verity Healthcare. You’ll be encouraged.