The Reach Out for Healthcare Science week it's one week of activities where Year 10 students from local schools get to experience life in a hospital, working in a university, and get some inspiration for career pathways in healthcare science.
The most exciting bit for me had to be when we were doing the ultrasounds and the simulations in King's College Hospital cos it was really interactive and fun, and got to learn more about how they do simulations, and the technicians, and the careers behind it.
For me I think it's making friends because you get a wider connection between people, and that's really important in the future.
I like the hospital because we did different activities such as imaging, lighting, and all that. Whereas here we did more lectures and that was more informative.
We looked at different scanning machines so MRI, CT - which was like really interesting because we never like understood what they were.
I also enjoyed the King's College session where we learnt to stitch up a patient, and also to learn how to draw blood and where to find it, and how much to take exactly, which was really hands-on which I enjoyed.
It was cool going behind the scenes and seeing what else happens and what other job are available to me through which career pathways.
So they work in groups of three or four and they put together a scientific poster on what they've learnt. We judge them on scientific content and creative content. It's a really enjoyable close to the week for them to communicate to us what healthcare science is all about.
If you're really interested in scientific backgrounds, or mathematics, or physics, any of the STEM potential subjects go onto the website and you can choose whatever you want to do.
A 5-day fully funded work experience opportunity for students in year 10.Relevant to: Medical Physics, Research
Age requirements: Year 10 only
Running each summer, in June, Reach Out For Healthcare Science is an exciting programme that aims to increase students’ awareness of the diverse range of career opportunities in healthcare science.
Over the five days students will experience life in a busy hospital; meet scientists working in healthcare; take part in a wide range of practical activities in different areas of healthcare science; gain confidence in their ability to enter a career in healthcare science; experience life and study in a university environment; and find out what is required to follow a career in healthcare science.
So if you are interested in STEM subjects at school, and would like to explore the huge range of careers available to you, this would be an amazing opportunity.