Ms Jolly, Teacher of Science, writes:
On Friday 28th June, we welcomed Medical Mavericks to Stanborough School for the first time. Newly qualified medic, Ollie, and student doctor, Eashan, first introduced our students from Years 7, 8 and 9 to some of the 350 different careers available in the NHS, including paramedics, physiotherapists and phlebotomists. Students were pleased to hear that many of these careers do not require years of study at university, but can be accessed with five GCSEs (grades 4-9), and more apprenticeships are becoming available all the time.
Then the students were given their own observation guide and let loose amongst a wide range of medical equipment. They had a brilliant time exploring and using the devices to measure body temperature, finding veins, looking at their bones, testing their hearing and blood pressure and recording their ECG. Some students were brave enough to take blood from a fake arm and practise the fine motor skills required for keyhole surgery using the simulation equipment used by surgeons when training. Others had fun trying the different glasses and goggles that showed them what the world looks like for people with different eye conditions.
Thank you to all of the students who took part and behaved so well for our visitors. We hope to welcome the Medical Mavericks back again in the future. In the meantime, if you wish to explore some of the careers available, and entry requirements, make your way to the NHS careers website: https://www.healthcareers.nhs.uk/