Reachout for Healthcare Science Programme has been running for about six years now. It's aimed at 16 year old's from local schools. It's aimed at students who are interested in science, who perhaps haven't ever thought of a career in healthcare science, so they get the chance to work across Kings Health Partners, so they get to work in three large teaching hospitals. That's King's College Hospital, Guy's Hospital and St. Thomas' Hospital, as well as get the chance to experience life in King's College London, this very large University, renowned University, and effectively they get to see themselves as healthcare scientists, even see themselves study at University and they get to experience, have a true experience of what it's like to be a healthcare scientist.
My favourite thing was learning about nuclear medicine and how exactly it works, and how they create the images in an interactive session, it was very interesting.
This week has been really good, I think mostly I enjoyed the interactive workshops that we had on sleep and audiology, which is what we made our poster on. They were really interactive, they were fun, they helped us learn so much and I found out so much which I'd never known before, so it was really good.
I was introduced to a lot more topics to do with healthcare science. Like for example, i didn't know that audiology was involved in healthcare science, but it blew my mind away just learning about audiology.
I would just say learning about the different types of healthcare sciences because I didn't know there was as many as there were. So i think that learning about them gave me a wider range of options as to what i want to go to in the future.
I think the lectures we had, we were taught about how to actually reach those positions in healthcare science. In terms of training programme and stuff, this was really helpful.
Basically, they get to take part in lots of activities during the week. They get to see things like Cardiology or Audiology, or get to understand how an MRI scanner works. Then they get to hear about various different career pathways that are open to them in order to become a healthcare scientist. As well as that, they get to make a poster of what they have learned and things they have been most interested in. They get to present that to their peers which is challenging, as well as their parents who attend on the final day, and they also get to present it back to the healthcare scientists who taught them, who judged these posters and there were some prizes given for the best scientific poster or the best poster presentation or the best overall design. It's a really enjoyable week, the students really, really get a lot out of it because at Kings Health Partners there is a lot of authenticity into the week. They get to see real environments, real rooms, real equipment and more importantly real scientists delivering these activities. So it's really, really highly regarded and we get lots and lots of positive feedback from students. My favourite thing was meeting the healthcare scientists and see where you can get with healthcare science and finding the pathways, so like you don't need to be completely smart and know everything to get into healthcare science, you can do anything and get in. So it's quite interesting to see the different pathways to healthcare.
I enjoyed lab tours, experiencing the different career options and the different pathways you can go to in healthcare science. Before this, I didn't know how many career options there were for me if I went into healthcare science. So I feel like this has helped me a lot to broaden my views and open my career options.
On the first day, I wasn't too keen. I was like ahhh, healthcare science, I don't know what it is. Then when they actually tell you what it is and they explain to you, they show you the different roles, and they talk to you, you can feel the passion. It's all about the passion they portray.
Keep going towards your passion, whatever subject you are interested in. Do research which is the most important thing, and people that specialise in those topics, I would say talk to them, get in touch with them because they will help you a lot.
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.
An exciting opportunity for year 10's to learn about careers in healthcare scienceRelevant to: Medical Physics, Research
Age requirements: Year 10 only
Reachout for Healthcare Science 2018
Over 70 Healthcare Scientists across KHP were involved in delivering the week long Reach Out for Healthcare Science programme last year.
This hugely successful, annual pan-London event is now in its sixth year and engages with 300 16-years-olds with an aptitude for science from local schools. This worthwhile programme gives students from the local community an opportunity to discover the many and varied careers in Healthcare Science available to them through ‘hands on’ interactive learning sessions run by Healthcare Scientists.
Students had the opportunity to try activities such as controlling robots through movement via an Xbox, extracting DNA from tomatoes and using Virtual Reality and MRI scanning as tools in the assessment of mental health.
The Reach Out for Healthcare Science programme is valued for its authenticity – real working environments, with real equipment and real Healthcare Scientists. KHP Healthcare Scientists contribute their expert knowledge, time and enthusiasm to ‘inspire a generation’ and KHP enables this across three hospital sites, in both clinical and academic spaces.
The date for the 2019 Reachout for healthcare Science week are : Monday 24 – Friday 28 June 2019.