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NHS staff to pay careers visit to St John's Primary

May 09, 2011 9:23 AM

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NHS staff are paying a special visit to St John’s primary in Port Glasgow next week – to tell them about the exciting careers the NHS could offer them when they grow up.
All children from P4 to P7 at St John’s will learn about the work of the NHS through practical experiments and fun activities.

Noelle Mackay, NHSGGC Recruitment Advertising and Marketing Officer explained; “We attend many schools throughout Greater Glasgow and Clyde every year with the aim of engaging with children in a fun way to teach them about the NHS and hopefully inspire them to think about a job in the NHS when they grow up.

“It’s not just about widening their knowledge of becoming doctors and nurses it’s also very much about letting them know just how many opportunities there are in the NHS such as Laboratory Sciences, dietetics, radiotherapy, HR, catering, ophthalmology to name but a fraction.”

Noelle and her colleagues take along a range of fun props such as skeletons, models of brains, stethoscopes, surgical instruments, X-rays and blood pressure machines.

Noelle said: “The children handle X-rays and take turns to identify different bones in the body, they listen to each other’s heart beats through stethoscopes and check each other’s pulses and blood pressure.

“We give them forehead thermometers and as they take each other’s temperature they can instantly see a reaction. The children always love these experiments and it’s really wonderful to see them awestruck at just how complex the brain is and listen to their friend’s heart beats. They can quite literally see and hear their bodies working.

“Quite often the children’s only contact with the NHS has been as a patient or visitor so it’s helpful to give them an opportunity to learn just how diverse the NHS is and how we care for people through health promotion and when they are sick. We tell them the NHS is working everywhere – even in their dining rooms as our dieticians work with council staff to ensure that their school meals are healthy and low in salt to ensure that they grow up to be healthy happy adults.

“These visits to schools are an excellent way to teach children about the NHS and get them thinking about what they might like to do in the future. I often find that many of them want to help people, especially the older children, but are not too sure what exactly it is they want to do. It’s therefore very rewarding for us to be able to give them advice on possible options and if they enjoy a particular subject in school such as biology or business studies what NHS career choices that can lead to.”

Noelle and her team are visiting St Joseph’s on Wednesday 18th May. Such events are organised in partnership with the local authorities education departments.

Any requests for similar events should be directed to the appropriate council’s education departments.

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For more information contact NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Communications on 0141 201 4429 or email [email protected]

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