Inspiring the next generation of healthcare professionals

In support of Healthcare Sciences Week, St Helens College and Knowsley Community College hosted their annual Skills Show in partnership with St Helens and Knowsley NHS Trust and Medical Mavericks, to inspire the next generation of healthcare professionals.

The Skills Show brought together healthcare professionals, industry experts and over 500 young people from St Helens College and Knowsley Community College, and an abundance of local schools, to provide first-hand insight into how science and technology is vital in modern patient care and the unlimited career opportunities available within the healthcare and science sector.

The event was a great success and the atmosphere throughout the day was infectious. The students got to hear from some of the industry’s leading professionals, whilst taking part in lots of activities, including using a real needle to take fake blood, seeing the inside of the body using an ultrasound machine and undertaking keyhole surgery on a training device.

Adopting a marketplace style, the event was packed with Health and wellbeing organisations including St Helens and Knowsley NHS Trust, Medical Mavericks, St Helens Council Healthy Living Team, local universities and many more, captivating audiences with their interactive activities and inside industry information.

During the event, Dental Nursing Apprentices had the opportunity to demonstrate how to create moulds used by dentists and orthodontists to take impressions, whilst Health and Social Care Tutor, Pat Walsh, and the A level Academy staff, wowed audiences with live heart dissection demonstrations.

University Centre St Helens Exercise, Health and Fitness staff and students, also offered health checks to attendees which included blood sugar and oxygen level tests, VO2 max tests, newly acquired OPTOGAIT technology for Gait Analysis and assessment of postural analysis and power measures.

Youth Work students created fun games and activities that explained the importance of healthy living; looking after yourself and the impact of alcohol consumption of young people.

James Wheeler, Student Support Manager at Lord Derby Academy, commented, “The Healthcare Science Skills Show was brilliant! It provided plentiful information on a number of different careers and opportunities, including how to obtain a position in a specific field. The pupils particularly enjoyed the practical side of the day, and getting involved in lots of activities, which was fantastic. It allowed our pupils to gain first-hand experience of using industry standard equipment too.”

Clare Webster, Head of Health Sciences, Care and Public Services at St Helens College, said, “The event exceeded expectations once again in terms of volume of activities, skills developed, technologies showcased and the enthusiasm of all those involved. The atmosphere throughout the event was amazing and it was packed with exhibitors who all gave a great insight into the industry, one which intrigued and engaged the students. The students certainly benefited from the event – they all seemed to thoroughly enjoy the day and came away feeling inspired.”


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