Stockton Riverside College opens student-run salon in hospital

Stockton Riverside College in County Durham has opened a beauty and hair salon in the University Hospital of North Tees.

The partnership between the college and the North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust sees final year beauty therapy and hairdressing students and apprentices provide treatments to hospital patients, staff and visitors for two days per week.

Cutting Edge @NTH sits in a formally vacant space by the main entrance of the hospital.

The salon was refurbished by joinery and painting and decorating students from the college and is now equipped with hairdressing sinks, stations for brow and lash treatments, and manicure desks.

The project is a continuation of the partnership between the college and hospital, having recently launched a programme of hospital work placements for college apprenticeships.

Stockton Riverside College’s Group Head of Apprenticeships Emma Booth said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for Stockton Riverside College to work in collaboration with the North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust, to give something back to the surrounding community and to help the University Hospital of North Tees to improve the patient experience.”

2018 has seen a lot of interaction between the beauty industry and health care providers – earlier in the year Breast cancer charity Going for Bust opened a salon in Dorset to support people suffering or recovering from the disease, while salons around the country offered free facials for clients who attended their smear test.