School pupils watch the NHS in action at simulated learning event in Swindon
Thursday, 05 July 2018
Local school pupils got to watch NHS staff respond to a road traffic collision, involving a car and a pedestrian, in a simulated learning event this week at Oxford Brookes University’s Swindon Campus.
The Careers in Healthcare event (Wednesday 4 July) was organised in partnership with staff at the Great Western Hospital and designed to provide an insight into how different NHS professions work together when faced with an emergency.
Today marks the 70th anniversary of the NHS, and celebrations will be taking place across the UK to appreciate the vital role the service plays and to recognise and thank the extraordinary NHS staff.
Over 30 year nine pupils took part in the simulation activity, which is now in its fourth year. Using patient actors, they will had the opportunity to see how a trauma casualty is cared for on the roadside by paramedics before being taken by ambulance to hospital.
Oxford Brookes’ state-of-the art, clinical skills suites provided the hospital setting, where the students followed the patient’s journey from A&E to the operating theatre and then to nurse-led care on the ward.
This is the second time it has been held at our new campus and it provided a very realistic and inspirational experience for the school children. As well as all the action and drama on the day, they had the chance to speak to a range of NHS staff about their roles, and get plenty of useful careers advice.Chloe Rich, Teaching Fellow and Simulation Lead for Operating Department Practice (ODP), Oxford Brookes University
Chloe Rich, Teaching Fellow and Simulation Lead for Operating Department Practice (ODP) at Oxford Brookes University, Swindon Campus, said: “We are pleased to support the Great Western Hospital with this annual event. This is the second time it has been held at our new campus and it provided a very realistic and inspirational experience for the school children.
“As well as all the action and drama on the day, they had the chance to speak to a range of NHS staff about their roles, and get plenty of useful careers advice. Our current students studying at the campus were also involved in the event, sharing their experiences and taking part in Q&A sessions."
The school children taking part were from Farmor’s School in Fairford, Swindon Academy, St John’s Academy in Marlborough and St Joseph’s Catholic College.
Dr Katherine Warren, Clinical Teaching Fellow at Great Western Hospital said: “We really enjoyed running this event again in collaboration with Oxford Brookes University. What better way to celebrate the NHS in its 70th year than with an exciting day of hands-on activities, designed to inspire the next generation of healthcare professionals.”
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.