Students take part in special healthcare simulation day

Posted: June 26, 2015

Realistic exercise on Monday 29 June

Students from St John's Marlborough will be spending Monday 29 June at the Great Western Hospital in Swindon to experience the day in the life of a range of healthcare professionals.

The new simulation day aims to raise awareness of the different career options in healthcare and encourage local young people to consider healthcare when thinking about their future. 

The 17 students are taking part in the exercise which will take them through a real life scenario of a patient's journey following a road traffic accident.

Doctors, nurses, surgeons, therapists and anaesthetists from the hospital, as well as paramedics from South Western Ambulance Service, will act out a real life scenario with true to life simulation models and medical equipment.

The fully simulated exercise will include a step by step role play of what would happen in real life.

This includes an assessment by an ambulance crew, the patient being transferred and assessed in the emergency department, being transferred to theatres and then onto a ward for recovery, physiotherapy and occupational therapy. 

The students will get the chance to watch a video of surgery, receive basic life support training and talk to a range of healthcare professionals. 

The simulation is an opportunity for younger students interested in a career in healthcare, who cannot go into clinical areas until they are 17.

It complements the Trust's popular Dare to Doctor and Dare to Nurse programmes, which invite older A-level students to shadow doctors and nurses on the wards, learn about basic clinical skills and gain support for medical school interviews.

Exciting career opportunities

Dr Michael Natarajan, Associate Specialist Anaesthetist, said: "We wanted to give local students the chance to see the whole range healthcare professionals involved in providing care and the exciting career opportunities on offer.

"I hope that they enjoy the day and think about healthcare as an option when they go on to choose their A-levels or further education.

"Every student will leave the day with basic first aid lifesaving skills and I hope it will be a real eye opener into the exciting and rewarding career options available."

The plan is to run more simulations days and invite young people from other local schools to take part in the coming year. 

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