Medics of future try life-saving skills

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STUDENTS got the chance to learn life-saving skills at the first NHS paediatric careers event in Sheffield.

Around 40 sixth form pupils from schools and colleges across the city attended Sheffield Children’s Hospital Clinical Skills Centre.

It was the first time the £400,000 centre - designed to help medical staff, nurses and other health professionals across the region to hone their emergency skills - has held an event for students since it opened in December.

Using sophisticated life-like manikins, medical staff showed the students how they deal with real-life emergencies such as head injuries, broken bones and internal bleeding.

The sixth-formers then had the chance to quiz the experts, before getting hands-on experience, testing out a keyhole surgery simulator, fitting neck braces and learning how to safely move a sick person.

Alicia Vella, 17, from Sheffield College’s Peaks College, said she had enjoyed the study day.

“I want to do medicine but what the day has shown is there are more opportunities than becoming a nurse or a doctor,” she said.

Sophie Foster, also 17, from Sheffield Springs Academy, who is studying health and social care, said: “It’s made me think that I really want to get more experience and I’d like to work with children on a ward.”