Kids get first taste of the NHS as parents bring their child to work

Posted: March 31, 2016

Special events taking place on 1 April

The next generation of healthcare staff will get their first feel for a career in the NHS when they accompany mum and dad to work for a unique glimpse behind closed doors at the Great Western Hospital tomorrow.
Taking place tomorrow (Friday 1 April), around 50 children will visit the Swindon hospital for a morning of fun, activities and new experiences as part of Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust's second Bring Your Child to Work.
The day, which was last held in 2011, is a fantastic opportunity for children aged between 10 and 17, whose parents work in one of the many roles across the Trust, to get first-hand experience of working life in a busy NHS hospital.
Those taking part will be given the chance to try out their skills as theatre practitioners during a mock operation and visit the fracture clinic to see how plaster casts are applied to broken arms and legs.
Other activities include a tour of the Special Care Baby Unit, the Simulation Suite, where medical staff carry out training exercises on dummies and mannequins, and the Hospital Sterilisation and Decontamination Unit, where surgical equipment is professionally cleaned and sterilised.
Oonagh Fitzgerald, Director of Human Resources, said: "Bring Your Child To Work Day is such an exciting event and I know that everybody involved will have a really fantastic time.
"A hospital is like no other place of work. There are so many different areas and so many different staff that it really is a struggle for us to fit everything that goes on at the Great Western Hospital into just one morning.
"And while it'll be fun for all the children, we also hope that it will open their eyes to the possibility of following in their parents' footsteps and pursuing a rewarding career in the NHS."

Cirencester College student, Phoebe Lewis-Clarke of South Marston, was inspired to pursue a career in medicine after attending Bring Your Child To Work Day in 2011.

Phoebe, 17, has recently been offered a place at the University of East Anglia and is waiting to hear all her options before decided where to study. 

Phoebe said: "Bring Your Child To Work Day was one of the first stepping stones for me in the application process and where I got my first taste of life in hospital. 
"I met people of a similar mind and made contacts that came in useful for work experience.
"It made me aware of opportunities such as the Dare to Doctor programme also offered at the Great Western Hospital, which I took part in last summer. This experience was invaluable and really helped me with the application process for medical school.
"It provided me with a great insight into the life of a doctor, seeing first-hand how all the different roles work together for the benefit of the patient. 
"I was also thrilled to have the opportunity to witness surgical procedures, which was an experience I will never forget.

"Bring Your Child To Work Day was really where I had doors opened to me to pursue the career I have always had my heart set on."
All 50 places that were made available for Bring Your Child To Work Day were filled in just 48 hours, with more names needing to be added to a reserve list.
Pictures from the day will be available to view from the Trust's website and also its Facebook and Twitter accounts.

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