Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS careers day
When people think of the NHS they think of doctors and nurses, surgeons and consultants. But what about pharmacists? Have you heard of medical engineers or geneticists? These are just a handful of roles available in the NHS.
Members of staff from Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust came in to the Academy to teach our Year 9 students all about the professions across the NHS.
There were six different stands displaying information about the different roles. These ranged from technical and medical roles to organisational and estates and facilities management. It gave the students a unique insight to what really makes the NHS work.
Students tried on scrubs and learned about different instruments used during surgery. They also learned that the people using these instruments might not be the ones they expect. There was a stand with information about DNA and how genes affect a person, from the shape of your ear to monogenetic diseases.
Medical engineering apprentices were on hand to talk the students through how life-saving machines in hospitals work, and their job maintaining and repairing them. This was great to show that you don't necessarily need to go to university to get into medicine.
All these jobs are vital for the NHS to work and require a variety of skills, many of which our students already possess. It was great for the students to meet medical professionals who provided a real-life insight in to a possible career path.
Thank you to Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust staff for giving up their valuable time to come and talk to our students and showcase careers within the NHS.