Students Get Insight into Healthcare Careers
|Published: 9th December 2010 14:13|
Year 10 students from Mayfield School in Portsmouth experience how to plaster broken
limbs as part of the Step into Science and Healthcare Day at St James' Hospital in Milton Year 9, 10 and 11 students from across Portsmouth gathered at St James' Hospital in Milton to attend an event that gave insight into the career opportunities available in the NHS and illustrated the benefits of studying science at school.
Entitled ‘Step into Science and Healthcare', the event is an annual collaboration between Portsmouth's Education Business Partnership, Aim Higher and Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust and offers pupils demonstrations and activities from a wide range of healthcare professions including Cardiology, Dietetics, Maternity Services and Clinical Engineering.
‘It is crucial for the future of the NHS that we broaden young people's understanding of the many careers within it,' explains Mary Somerville, Manager for Aim Higher who has organised healthcare career events across Hampshire for over six years. ‘We constantly receive feedback after events such as these that says students were previously unaware of many aspects of the medical profession. Our objective is to provide inspiration and motivation by putting school studies and qualifications in a real-life context.'
Over 100 pupils from Brune Park, City of Portsmouth Girls, Mayfield. Miltoncross, Park, Portchester and Priory schools attended the event with their science teachers and tutors.
‘My science teacher made me aware of the event and suggested that it was something that I might find interesting,' said Jessica Bonsall, a Year 10 student from Mayfield. ‘We have seen so many different medical jobs you can do if you study science or health-related subjects. I have learnt about career I had never even thought of before and it has given me real food for thought.'
‘Though we are always promoting our services and are able to offer limited work experience placements, this event is one of the biggest in our calendar,' says Nicky Cater, HR Manager for Equality, Diversity and Work Experience at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust. ‘The students are so positive and interested and it gives our staff a tremendous sense of pride when they share their professional knowledge and experience.'