Working in the NHS is not just about being a doctor or a nurse. Everyone from a porter or receptionist, to a paramedic and a physiotherapist, all play an important part in a patient’s journey.
Students from across North Lancashire and South Cumbria had the chance to find out about the full range of career options in the health sector as well as chatting to health care professionals, students and academics about the types of courses and careers that are available.
Partners teamed up with University Hospitals Morecambe Bay Trust and Better Care Together to take the students on their very own Patient’s Journey, visiting specially set up ‘wards’ at the University of Cumbria to find out more about the wide range of careers that are available in the NHS and the role they play in a patient’s experience.
On the second day they had the rare chance to have a look behind the scenes of the Royal Lancaster Infirmary. They had a go at scrubbing up, drilled screws into femur bones (pretend bones!) and learnt how to give resuscitation by Vinnie Jones. Then they visited Lancaster University where they heard first-hand from health care students from Edge Hill, Lancaster University Medical School, the University of Central Lancashire and the University of Cumbria about the Student Journey. They learnt about the different routes into health related courses, the highs and lows of health work placements and the varied nature of the courses. Healthcare academics were also available to talk to students about the different courses and routes into higher level studying.