STUDENTS gained an insight into the NHS when they met and questioned a healthcare representative.
The group of 10, studying Level 3 health and social care diploma at East Durham College, in Peterlee, met David Taylor-Gooby.
The former councillor is the Easington District representative for LINK, a Local Involvement Network set up by the Government in 2008 to give communities a stronger voice in how their health and social care services are delivered.
Mr Taylor-Gooby spoke to the group about the history of the NHS and how it has changed over the years.
The students also got to learn more about how the NHS operates and is run today.
Student Claire Wilson, 19, from Wingate, said: It’s great to have someone like David, who works in the area, come in and speak to us about the issues in the NHS.
“It has definitely helped me relate what I have learnt on my course to the real world.”
Students also took part in a debate where they discussed who should decide how NHS funding is used, and privatisation.
Julie Knowles, a health and social care lecturer at the College, said: “The students found the session very informative in relation to changes happening in the NHS, and also health inequalities in County Durham.
“This will help the students focus on promoting health education in their course work.”