Medics of the future learn hands-on skills

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

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

It was the first time the £400,000 centre has held an event for students since it opened in December.

The centre is designed to help medical staff, nurses and other health professionals across the region to hone their emergency skills.

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, aged 17, from Sheffield College’s Crystal Peaks Centre, 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.

“It’s been really interesting and I’ve learned a lot.”

The day was part of a drive by the hospital to give young people an insight into career opportunities in the NHS. Similar events are planned.

John Reid, director of clinical operations and nursing at Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, said: “The day was a great success and an opportunity for young people who are interested in health care to learn more about the practical aspects of medical care from our experts using state-of the-art simulators.

“It’s important to us as a trust to show our potential workforce of the future that the NHS offers many exciting and varied careers.”