October 2019

Year 10 students explore careers in healthcare

On Thursday 10th October, twenty five Year 10 students took part in the fourth annual Hull and East Riding Health Expo which this year was held at Hull’s DoubleTree Hilton Hotel. 

The event showcased the latest innovations in healthcare in a collaborative effort between local organisations including the East Riding of Yorkshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Hull CCG, City Health Care Partnership, Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust and Hull University Teaching Hospitals Trust.

Students took part in a series of interactive activities ranging from looking inside the eyes and ears, to learning CPR and making smoothies by using the power generated from an exercise bike. They were encouraged to talk to healthcare professionals and discover more about the work that they do. With access to an on-site careers fair, students were also able to explore the wide variety of jobs available within the NHS and learn more about the education and career paths required to reach them. 

The topics of mental health and suicide prevention were also tackled thanks to training sessions which aimed to equip participants with the knowledge needed to offer assistance and support to those affected by suicidal thoughts.

As the expo tied in with World Mental Health day, it was a fitting reminder that mental health is equally as important as physical health. In 2018, over 6,500 people took their own lives due to mental health issues and to highlight this, all visitors were given a welcome pack on arrival with a keyring light in it. At 11.00am the main lights were dimmed in the exhibition and visitors were encouraged to ‘shine a light’ to remember all those who have taken their own lives and to raise awareness of this issue

Careers Leader and Key Stage 5 coordinator Viki Foster commented: ‘The Health Expo was a fantastic opportunity for our students to see just how many different professions there are in the healthcare sector. They had fun in the interactive sessions and asked many questions regarding the different professions. Their behaviour and attitude on the day was absolutely fantastic and, as always, they were a credit to themselves and the school. For any students seriously considering a career in the healthcare sector, the expo was a brilliant opportunity to gain plenty of information and advice on how to achieve their career goals.’