November 2018

Withernsea High School students enjoy ‘a day in the life’ of the NHS

On Tuesday 13th November, 20 year 8 students from Withernsea High School were given the chance to experience many of the different roles the NHS has to offer in the fourth annual ‘A Day in the Life of the NHS’ event at Hull Royal Infirmary.

The interactive learning event, brought together by health and education organisations from across Hull and East Yorkshire, saw teams from across the local NHS demonstrate a set of different scenarios to students in which a whole host of staff played a part.

It is hoped that by showing students the wide range of healthcare careers available it will inspire them to pursue a career in the NHS, boosting future recruitment of the next generation of NHS staff.

Following the success of previous events, this year’s A Day in the Life once again took place over two days, with students from five different schools signed up to take part.

Students enjoyed a range of activities throughout the day, brought to them by real-life health staff. In each session, they were given the chance to learn about each role and get advice on the steps they can take to get there.

One scenario incorporated Infection Prevention and Control, with a focus on sepsis and anti-microbial resistance. Other scenarios included showing students the importance of communicating with those in hospital with a learning disability and how A&E staff deal with an emergency situation – a teenage boy who suffers injuries after a motorcycle crash.

Paula South, Director of Quality & Integrated Governance / Executive Nurse for NHS East Riding of Yorkshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said: 'It’s important for us to continue looking at the ways we can boost the workforce of the future. A Day in the Life of the NHS is a wonderfully creative way for us to spark interest in young people and help guide those who are thinking about a future career in the NHS. There are so many interesting and rewarding ‘behind-the-scenes’ careers that all have a vital part to play in the care of patients.'

Leading Withernsea High School's involvement in the event was teacher of Science Ian Dyke who commented: 'As ever, all our students were a credit to the school in their behaviour, enthusiasm and willingness to participate. The event was run by professionals from a wide variety of backgrounds and gave a real insight into future opportunities. Everyone agreed it was an enjoyable and valuable day and our thanks go to the organisers.’

ABOVE: Students spent time in an operating theatre. Pictured on the right is Kayleigh Grantham, a former Withernsea High School student who is now an Operating Department Practitioner at Hull Royal Infirmary.

ABOVE: One of the many interactive displays featured a life-size replica of the popular board game 'Operation'.

ABOVE: Students were taught CPR and learned how a defibrillator works.

ABOVE: Realistic models and scenarios were used to help educate the participants.