King's Health Partners' Summer SchoolRelevant to: Research
Age requirements: Year 10 and 11 students only
Each July, GCSE students from Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark are given a unique insight into the world of medical research at the annual King’s Health Partners (KHP) Summer School.
Organised by the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and King’s College London, the week-long school gives young Londoners the chance to learn from some of the world’s leading scientists.
Last year 20 students enjoyed interactive sessions such as life saving skills at the Simulation and Interactive Learning (SaIL) Centre at St Thomas’ Hospital, learning about stem cells from scientists at King’s College London, and taking part in a mental health simulation workshop at the Maudsley Hospital.
Summer School attendee, Efe Eshalomi, 16, from Deptford Green School said:
“It was interesting to learn about the different paths into medicine, and it was exciting because I found out you can go to university and get interested in different areas of science along the way.”
The Summer School finished with a celebration event featuring presentations from the students to an invited audience of friends, family and teachers.
Professor Graham Lord, director of the NIHR Guy’s and St Thomas’ Biomedical Research Centre said "It was very rewarding for myself and colleagues to work with the local students who joined us for the Summer School. Their intellectual curiosity and dedicated engagement in activities was impressive.
“Every day my colleagues and I work towards the goal of discovering new ways to diagnose and treat diseases, in order to improve the lives of our patients and the clinical care that they receive. I hope that the Summer School inspired these students to consider careers across clinical research and clinical care.”
King’s Health Partners is an Academic Health Science Centre that brings together three of the country’s leading NHS Foundation Trusts, Guy's and St Thomas', King's College Hospital and South London and Maudsley, with a world-class university, King's College London. The partnership was formed to turn research more swiftly and effectively into improvements in healthcare for people with physical and mental health problems in south east London.
The Summer School is funded by KHP and the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) at Guy’s and St Thomas’ and King’s College London.
You can find out more about the 2019 Summer School and how to apply on the BRC website.
Registration is now open.