Sixth Formers Shine at Hospital Conference

Eleven Year 12 pupils with an interest in pursuing a medical or health related career attended an innovative work experience conference at The Royal United Hospital (RUH), Bath in June.

The interactive conference focused on a range of different careers and sought to inspire girls to succeed in a highly competitive health care environment. Workshops included careers in nursing, emergency heart care, trauma surgery, using a defibrillator, plastic surgery, medical simulations, radiology, obstetrics and midwifery, how to take a patient history and global health care issues in the third world. Students were also able to ask questions to a junior doctor on the reality of medical school and being a trainee doctor. One of the highlights of the course involved watching a complete knee replacement surgery after meeting the patient on the first day.

Anthony Curtis, Head of Careers, said that this was an outstanding conference and work experience opportunity for our Year 12 students who found this conference challenging but also exciting and extremely rewarding. They all performed extremely well in the interactive sessions and came away with a much greater insight and understanding of the many and varied careers in a rapidly changing health care environment, together with the values of multi-disciplinary team working. Anthony said, 'I would also like to sincerely thank Daniele Fawkner-Corbett and the Education Department at the RUH, Bath for making our students feel so welcome and for providing this unique experience for our students which was such a tremendous success'.

Abbey (Year 12) said "I have always known I want to study medicine, but the RUH medical conference has inspired me even further to go for it! I have thoroughly enjoyed all the talks and workshops which have given me an insight into all healthcare professions. However, the most memorable and exciting experience was watching a live knee replacement, which has inspired me to think about going into surgery when I am older".

Hannah (Year 12) said "I especially enjoyed the humorous way that 'Looking after critically ill people in hospital' was delivered by Julian Hunt and his team. Their ability to problem-solve and cope showed what it was like to be on the cutting edge of patients in life or death situations. Another highlight was the elective knee replacement operation. The skill of the surgeon and his team was amazing considering they were being watched by so many!"

Year 12 pupils involved were:

Laura Clothier

Abbey Collis-Smith

Jess Elsbury

Hannah Hudson

Hannah Land

Katie Lui

Georgiana Snelling

Hilary Yee

Kareina Walters

Georgia Saksida

Laura Warren