March 28 2019 | Kent & Medway | Views: 471
On Thursday 28 March, The STEM Hub in partnership with Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust and Health Education England working across Kent, Surrey and Sussex, offered students the opportunity to attend an inspirational and interactive careers day at a high-tech training centre of Maidstone Hospital.
Around 200 students from schools from across Kent and Medway attended the event. They were given the opportunity to meet with a variety of health and social care professionals and to discover the diverse career opportunities available across the sector. The day comprised of 4 interactive workshops, an informative talk about the NHS, and the opportunity to meet with different professionals who offered the students information and first hand reports of what their day to day work entails! The students were able to gain a better understanding of the progression routes that lead to rewarding and stimulating careers across the health and social care sector.
The different interactive career stands, provided students with information and advice on a vast range of careers including occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, adult and child nursing career pathways, midwifery, A&E, radiology, pathology, pharmacy, research and development, estates and facilities, Hilton Nursing Partners as well as courses available at Canterbury Christ Church University, the Kent & Medway Medical School, the Kent Oncology Centre and opportunities for apprenticeships!
The workshops included: The ‘Simbulance and Simatmosphe’, which gave students the opportunity to go inside an ambulance and practice CPR, and then step inside an immersive simulation tent, that recreated real life events that paramedics would attend! Students also got to take part in ‘Skills Lab’, where they learnt about taking blood and administering intravenous medicines, and then had a demonstration of how to feel for pulses and see how a manikin is controlled and used in education by health professionals. They also were able to perform key-hole surgery on sugar cubes and polo’s in the ‘Wet Lab’. The library was used to demonstrate how students can navigate NHS careers online.
The day offered students new information that they were previously unaware of, and many left saying that they would like to take up a career within the NHS!
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