NURSING students have been taught the importance of self-wellbeing at an event at the University of Chester's Birkenhead campus.

The event, held in conjunction with the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), taught first year students skills such as assessing mental health; stitches and sutures; identifying sepsis; wound care; an introduction to pharmacology; safeguarding and diabetes management.

Also at the event, therapy dogs Amos and Toby were introduced to students who also received massages from a qualified therapist in a bid for them to realise the importance of maintaining their own health.

The day, organised by lecturers Dean McShane, Bex Bailey-McHale and Vez Oldfied in collaboration with Hayley Cooper of the RCN, also brought together a range of local charities and organisations such as The Spider Project, Autism Together and Age UK.

Dean told the Globe: “This was a fantastic event that gave our students nurses a taste of what is to come over their next three years of training but also highlighted the importance of wellbeing and maintaining their own health.

“We are already planning a similar event for 2020 which is the Year of the Nurse which will be for our third year Nursing students.”