Students experience 'a day in the life' of the NHS

In a bid to boost recruitment for the next generation of NHS staff, health and education organisations from across Hull and East Yorkshire recently came together to produce ‘A Day in the Life of the NHS’ – an innovative and interactive event for local school students.

The annual event, run by the Hull CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group), aims to offer young people an insight in to life in the NHS by providing them with a platform to learn about the wide range of careers available.

On Thursday 23rd November, thirty students from Withernsea High School travelled to the Clinical Skills Facility at Hull Royal Infirmary where they joined approximately 100 other young people from around the area.

The students enjoyed a number of different scenarios and activities throughout the day, learning about the jobs and careers in each scenario and how to achieve these.

Scenarios included: donning scrubs and stepping inside a simulated operating theatre to complete tasks using keyhole surgery; following the rehabilitation of a complicated leg break; learning about the different roles of prison health services and looking at how people are affected by mental health at different ages.

Students were given the unique opportunity to have access to a range of professionals working within the NHS, including an orthopaedic surgeon who spoke about her life and career journey through the medical profession.

Vicki Foster, Senior Science Technician and trip leader, commented: ‘The "NHS Day in the life..." trip is a fantastic experience for both staff and students. It provides a unique opportunity for students to gain hands-on experience and discover more information about the wide variety of careers that are available throughout the NHS.

The day itself is really inspiring and encourages students to consider their future career choices and the pathways required to attain jobs in the health sector.

It was a pleasure to see our students enthusiastically engage in a broad range of activities – with the work in the operating theatre being a particular highlight. They were a pleasure to work with and a credit to themselves and the school’

ABOVE: WHS student Aimee-Leigh gets hands-on experience during a simulation operation.

The students look on in the replica operating theatre.

ABOVE: Students learn about resuscitation using a defibrillator.

BELOW: Meeting a 'patient'!