Local schools gain impressive hospital insight
18 July 2017
Groups of pupils recently got an informative insight into the range of career opportunities and varied professions at Southend University Hospital after they spent the day at the Trust.
Students from Belfairs and Greensward Academies, in Leigh-on-Sea
and Hockley, were taking part in the fifth annual 'Meet the
After participating in hand washing and blood pressure
demonstrations, students met a wide range of clinical and
non-clinical hospital staff who had a short interview with
different groups of students, telling them about their roles.
Lunch was followed by hospital tours to get a feel for what they
can expect should they decide to choose a career in the NHS. One of
the areas students visited was the Simulation Suite, where they got
to 'treat' one of the state-of-the-art manikins.
The £120,000 centre is designed to look and feel like a typical
patient bay, complete with manikins that can be used to stage any
medical scenario for training and better understanding.
Nicky Barrett, a teacher from Belfairs Academy, said: "Meet the
professionals is a great day for our students. They gain an insight
into the real world of working within the NHS. Meeting a whole
range of professionals also helps them realise that there is a wide
range of job roles, the day inspired many of our students to
consider working within the NHS."