A group of 14 and 15-year-old pupils from Wildern School in Hedge End spent the day with the clinical skills team at the Royal Hampshire County Hospital in Winchester, giving them an insight into working in healthcare and the opportunity to think about what careers are available to them in the NHS.
Interactive sessions included testing out their CPR skills and learning how to save a life, helping to deliver a baby thanks to a high-tech simulation manikin and catheterising a dummy patient.
The students also learned about hand hygiene and how far bugs could travel, after which the pupils were all put to the test on how well they cleaned their hands. The team also showed them how to don surgical gloves without contamination, and the student with the least contaminated gloves won a prize.
As well as the hands-on learning, staff from across Hampshire Hospitals all delivered short talks on their career within the NHS, as well as the future opportunities that could be available to them in the NHS.
Assistant head teacher, Sally Wheeler, said: “It’s been an incredibly informative and unique experience for the students, and it’s been lovely to see them all engage with the workshops and have opportunities they wouldn’t usually have access to. It’s a great opportunity for students.”