Local school pupils learn the ropes with NHS staff

Posted: July 10, 2019

Realistic road accident simulation exercise

Simulationexercise500aLocal school pupils have come together to watch staff from across the NHS respond to a road traffic collision as part of a community simulation event. 

The event was organised by Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, in partnership with Oxford Brookes University and Bristol Medical School, and took place at the University's Swindon campus.

Over 25 students in Year 10, from St John's Academy in Marlborough and Lydiard Park Academy in Swindon, were able to watch different professions from within the NHS work together when faced with an emergency. 

The simulation event, which has run for its fifth year today, saw a patient actor treated for a trauma at the roadside, before being transferred to hospital where the care was passed over to hospital staff. 

Oxford Brookes' clinical skills suites provided the hospital setting, where the students followed the patient's journey from the Emergency Department, to the operating theatre and then to multidisciplinary team care on the ward. 

Simulationexercise500bA number of areas of healthcare were covered during the day, including medicine, midwifery, operating department practice, nursing, paramedic science and physiotherapy. 

Students also got the opportunity to learn basic clinical skills, including CPR and how to take observations. 

Dr Andrea Pereira, Clinical Teaching Fellow from Great Western Hospital, said: "This was a really exciting and engaging event for local school children to witness the teamwork and dedication from those who work in the NHS. 

"We wanted to highlight the importance of the service, and show the students that from the paramedics through to theatre staff, nurses and everyone else involved in patient care, the NHS is a truly joined-up organisation that is always on hand to provide help to those who need it. 

"This was also a good opportunity for any of the students who are considering a career in the NHS to find out more, and to ask any questions about the way that the service runs, or about how staff provide treatment to the sickest of patients." 

Simulationexercise500cChloe Rich, a lecturer from Oxford Brookes University's Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, commented: "We are delighted to be joining Great Western Hospital and Bristol Medical School again with this community simulation event. It is great to provide such a realistic and inspirational experience for school children on Oxford Brookes' Swindon Campus.  

"Oxford Brookes' staff and students play a key role in this important community engagement activity which provides a truly unique insight into the amazing work taking place in the NHS every single day." 

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