A taste of life working for the NHS for Bristol Brunel Academy

June 25 2019
A taste of life working for the NHS for Bristol Brunel Academy

STUDENTS from Bristol Brunel Academy have been getting a taste of life as an NHS worker through 'emergency' situations.

As part of the largest event of its kind in Bristol, doctors, nurses, surgeons, pharmacists, technicians, managers and scientists from University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust visited the academy to offer students the chance to experience a range of NHS roles.

They were joined by paramedics from South West Ambulance Service Foundation Trust (SWASFT) to give more than 200 Year 7 students handson experience through a range of simulated emergency situations.

Activities included attending the site of a ‘car crash’ and seeing paramedics and medical professionals responding to the scene.

Supported by a full-sized simulation ambulance, students performed various emergency procedures on mannequins and actors made up to resemble casualties, above.

They also took part in interactive scenarios in an emergency department, theatre and ward where they carried out observations and common procedures.

NHS staff answered questions about different careers and the kind of skills and qualifications needed for those roles.

Laura Harrison, staff nurse at UH Bristol who organised and led the event, said: “It’s been a  fantastic day that’s enabled young people to fully submerse into many of the NHS career roles. Students have been attending trauma scenes as paramedics, using ultrasound like vascular scientists, reviewing imaging like radiographers, triaging and admitting patients in a busy emergency department, preparing for theatre like operating department practitioners and understanding the non-clinical opportunities the NHS has to offer.

“We want all young people to feel inspired, raise aspirations and consider our much-loved NHS as a future employer.”

Simon Jones, assistant principal at Bristol Brunel, said: “The students had an amazing and thought provoking day discovering the various career pathways available at the NHS.

“My colleagues and I would like to thank everyone who took part and we were honoured to be chosen to host this prestigious event. We sincerely hope that in the future some of our students consider a career with the NHS.”

The day formed part of a wider programme funded by Health Education England.