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A Day in the Life of the NHS

 

The University of Hull will help pupils from Hull and East Riding schools and colleges experience the different roles the NHS has to offer at ‘A Day in the Life of the NHS’ event at Hull Royal Infirmary on Monday, 18 November.

The students will be taking a hands-on approach at the event – now in its fifth year – brought together by health and education organisations from across Hull and East Yorkshire at one of the region’s main hospitals, part of Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. This event offers local students the opportunity to navigate six different scenarios, each showing how the roles within the NHS work together for the health and wellbeing of patients.

Professor Julie Jomeen, Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Hull, said: “Many of the nurses, midwives, physiotherapists, paramedics, doctors and those who care for people before, during and after surgery, operating department practitioners – will work in our region’s hospitals and will study here at the University of Hull. So we are delighted to play a part in raising awareness of all healthcare professions to pupils attending this special event.”

The University of Hull will be providing information on a range of healthcare careers at the event, including Operating Department Practice (which involves the care of people before, during and after surgery).

Professor Jomeen said: “Our lecturers and Operating Department Practice students will be giving pupils the opportunity to handle surgical equipment and simulate the experience of gowning and gloving for surgical procedures so they can see and feel what it is like for an Operating Department Practitioner working in the operating theatre. They’ll be helping and encouraging them to understand and explore different job roles within healthcare and highlighting how they can lead to a fulfilling career with excellent employment prospects.”

Our graduates make an outstanding contribution to improving the health of the people in our region and beyond, evidenced by the fact that for four consecutive years 100% of operating department practitioners, nursing, midwifery and medical graduates have been in employment or further education within 6 months.*

The University and Hull York Medical School have helped to address skills shortages in the NHS by:

  • Training more than 1840 nurses** who are caring for patients in hospitals, GP practices, clinics, schools and community health centres
  • Training more than 1600  doctors to respond to challenges within healthcare and help transform patient care
  • Training 900 social workers** to protect the vulnerable and help people live independently.
  • Training 180 midwives** to support women through pregnancy, labour and provide postnatal care
  • Training 120 operating department practitioners** who care for people before, during and after surgery
  • Training 100 clinical psychologists** who work with children, young people and their families, adults with mental health problems, and people with chronic ill-health and disability. 

'A Day in the Life of the NHS'

'A Day in the Life of the NHS'

The interactive learning Day in the Life of the NHS event, will open with an address from Commonwealth boxing champion, and local wellness advocate, Tommy Coyle.

Following the success of previous years, the event has students from seven different schools from across Hull and the East Riding signed up to take part. Each of the scenarios on offer will be brought to the students by health staff, with each session giving the students the chance to learn about the different roles and advice on how to pursue an NHS career.

Deborah Lowe, Lead for Nursing and Quality Improvement at NHS Hull Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “There is a huge and diverse range of roles within the NHS and engaging with children at a young age around these career options is a fantastic way to encourage them into a potential career in health across Hull and the East Riding.”

Paula South, Director of Quality and Integrated Governance/ Executive Nurse for NHS East Riding Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “Staffing shortages continue to be an issue both regionally and nationally for the NHS which is being addressed in many ways.  A Day in the Life of the NHS offers local health organisations the opportunity to work collectively to showcase the range of roles available and hopefully inspire the next generation of NHS professionals.”

“Many of the nurses, midwives, physiotherapists, paramedics, doctors and those who care for people before, during and after surgery, operating department practitioners – will work in our region’s hospitals and will study here at the University of Hull. ” Professor Julie Jomeen, Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Hull

 

*(Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education for the academic year 2016/17, published by HESA June 2018).

**in the past eight years

 

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