School pupils enjoy NHS simulation event at Swindon Campus
Thursday, 06 July 2017
30 year nine school pupils gained a realistic insight into the work of frontline NHS staff in a simulation event at Oxford Brookes' Swindon Campus yesterday (5 July).
The event, now in its third year, was organised by Great Western Hospital in Swindon. This time it was held at Oxford Brookes University's newly opened Swindon Campus, making use of its state-of-the-art clinical skills suites.
The day included a simulated car accident and followed the injured victim's care from the scene of the accident through to the Emergency Department, undergoing surgery and then recovering on a ward; it gave the pupils a rare opportunity to not only see NHS staff in action, but also quiz them on their roles and get advice on how to follow in their footsteps.
There was also an opportunity for the pupils 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 at Oxford Brookes University said: "We were excited to host Great Western Hospital's Community Simulation Day at our Swindon Campus. Our high quality clinical skills suites provided the perfect setting to ensure the local school pupils enjoyed a realistic, enjoyable and informative day.
We have a long-standing partnership with the hospital and were pleased to be able to support them with their annual event and inspire the next generation of healthcare professionals.Lorraine Whatley, Lecturer in Adult Nursing, Oxford Brookes University
“We have a long-standing partnership with the hospital and were pleased to be able to support them with their annual event and inspire the next generation of healthcare professionals. As well as staff, our current students studying at the campus also got involved in the event, sharing their experiences and taking part in Q&A sessions."
Dr Katherine Warren, Clinical Teaching Fellow at Great Western Hospital 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 coming along were at an age where they are just starting to think about possible careers and we hope a day like this can provide them with the spark that could potentially light the way to a future in the NHS.”
Oxford Brookes' Swindon Campus teaches adult nursing and operating department practice, as well as providing a range of Continuing Professional Development course (CPD). Visit the website for more information.