Students watch on as NHS staff come to the rescue

Posted: July 4, 2017

Simulation day highlights diversity of a career in healthcare

A school trip to Oxford Brookes University's new Swindon campus was cut short yesterday as an unsuspecting cyclist felt the full force of a speeding car.
But while her blood and screams may have looked and sounded genuine, the whole accident was staged to give 30 year nine pupils a glimpse of how different NHS careers work together when faced with an emergency.
The Trust's simulation day, now in its third year, gave young people a rare opportunity to not only see staff in action, but also quiz them on their roles and get advice on how to follow in their footsteps.
This year's event, which showed students how a hit-and-run victim is cared for on the roadside before being taken to hospital by emergency ambulance, was held at Oxford Brookes' new state-of-the-art campus.
Officially opened earlier this year, the Joel Joffe Building is kitted out with the very latest simulation facilities, such as a clinical skills lab and 200-seat leacture theatre, to make training as close to the real thing as possible.

The new venue firmly put the students from Farmors School in Fairford, Swindon Academy and St John's Academy in Marlborough at the heart of the action, with the youngsters able to be in the operating theatre when the injured cyclist went under the knife to have a ruptured spleen removed.
Dr Katherine Warren, Clinical Teaching Fellow, said: "This was a truly exciting event for all involved and highlighted to young people just how many different careers make up the NHS.
"It's easy to think that healthcare is just doctors and nurses, but there are hundreds, if not thousands, of other roles that play an equally vital part in any patient's journey to recovery.

"The students are at an age where they are just starting to think about possible careers and we hope yesterday provided them with the spark that could potentially light the way to a future in the NHS."

After the fake blood and animal spleens, the students took part in a question-and-answer session with staff to find out more about routes into the service and what it's like to work in such a unique environment.
There was also an opportunity for the budding medics to roll up their sleeves and try their hands at some basic clinical techniques and procedures, such as taking bloods and recording patient observations.   

Lorraine Whatley, Lecturer in Adult Nursing, said: "We were delighted to host this community simulation day at our newly opened Swindon Campus.
"We have a long-standing partnership with the Great Western Hospital and were pleased to offer our support to this annual event, which we hope inspires the next generation of healthcare professionals."

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