In partnership with St Helens and Knowsley NHS Trust, St Helens College hosted its second successful Healthcare Sciences Skills Show in support of British Science Week.

The event brought together healthcare professionals, training providers and universities including over 500 students from St Helens College, Byrchall High School, All Saints High School and St Helens College 14-16 Academy, to provide first-hand insight into the importance of science and technology in modern patient care and the unlimited career opportunities available within the Healthcare and Science sector.

Kate Sutton, SENCO and Head of Social Health at Byrchall High School, commented on the event, saying, “Our students really enjoyed the interactive event, and especially found the dental nursing stall very interesting. A few of them are now looking at launching a career within dentistry and the possibility of undertaking an apprenticeship.”

She added, “We enjoy bringing a cohort of students here each year, as it promotes a broad range of career choices and the opportunity to gain insight from experienced healthcare professions."

Health and wellbeing organisations including St Helens and Knowsley NHS Trust, ABL Health, City Health Care Partnership, St Helens Council Healthy Living Team, local universities and many more, were on hand with information and interactive activities.

Spotlight guest speaker talks provided an in-depth insight into the ever-growing industry and were presented by leading professionals, including Temidayo Adeyeye, a fifth-year medical student who is currently specialising in Pregnancy and Reproduction at The University of Manchester.

Paul Steele, Engagement, Involvement, Communications and Patient Experience Lead at NHS St Helens Clinical Commissioning group, said, “It was really encouraging and exciting to see the younger generation considering potential careers and hearing about the amazing work of healthcare science professionals across the country within the healthcare science sector.”

He added, “We worked with St Helens College to run the NHS Talkfest event in January and feel this is such a great platform for us to raise the profile of local healthcare services to a younger audience group whilst helping students explore careers in such an important growth sector.”

During the event, St Helens College dental nursing apprentices demonstrated how to create moulds used by dentists and orthodontists to take impressions whilst Health and Social Care Tutor, Pat Walsh, impressed audiences with live heart dissection demonstrations. St Helens College’s Health and Social Care department also demonstrated venepuncture, injection and transfusion activities on the training arm.

University Centre St Helens Exercise, Health and Fitness lecturers and students, also offered health checks to attendees which included blood sugar and oxygen level tests, VO2 max tests, OPTOGAIT technology for Gait Analysis and assessment of postural analysis whilst also promoting the exercise, health and fitness degree.

Clare Webster, Head of Health Sciences, Care and Public Services at St Helens College, said, “After yet another successful Healthcare Sciences Skills Show, we are completely overwhelmed by the volume of attendees and the enthusiasm of everyone involved in ensuring its success. The interactive activities were fantastic and the students were inspired by such a wide range of experienced healthcare professionals.”

She added, “We hope that this annual event continues to grow and showcase some of the most impressive innovative technology in the sector, to ensure that the younger generation continue to feel excited about the possibility of launching a career in such a thriving sector.”

St Helens College is the first general Further Education College in the Liverpool City Region to achieve the highly acclaimed STEM Assured Accreditation, recognising the delivery of high quality education and training in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM). This status is only granted to institutions that provide consistent, high quality STEM-related provision in alignment with industry requirements and are committed to continual innovation to keep pace with rapid advances in technology.

Interested in kick-starting a career in Healthcare Science? Take a look at the wide range of courses and apply now to secure your place for September 2018!

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