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Hands-on at the hospital for Year 12

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

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 and plastic surgery, medical simulations, radiology, obstetrics and midwifery, how to take a patient history and bio-engineering. Students were also able to ask questions to a junior doctor on the reality of medical school and being a trainee doctor. There were also 'have a go' clinical opportunities where students could do hands on venipuncture and suturing, perform spirometry and take pulses and blood pressure. They also had an opportunity to save a plastic robot's life! One of the highlights of the course involved students watching a complete knee replacement surgery after meeting the patient on the first day.

Anthony Curtis, Head of Careers, described the conference as outstanding. "Our Year 12 students 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 added, "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 and challenging opportunities for our students which was such a tremendous success."

Rosie (Year 12) said "This RUH trip was an inspirational experience for all of us, whether we wished to work in the medical world or not. I learned so much in the three days. My favourite parts were the practical workshops when we were taught many skills such as suturing, arm plastering and delivering a baby! The trip made us really appreciate and become inspired by all of the doctors, nurses, surgeons, therapists, psychiatrists, radiologists at the RUH and elsewhere in the country."



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