Summer School

King's Health Partners' Summer School

Relevant 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.

This 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, Prince Cole, 15, from Bishop Thomas Grant School in Lambeth, said: “The Summer School for me really was an extraordinary opportunity to explore future careers. My favourite thing about it was the wide variety of activities presented to us which were not only fun and interactive but informative to the point where I can carry it onwards in my life.”

The Summer School finished with a celebration event featuring presentations from the students to an invited audience of friends, family and teachers.

Professor Charles Wolfe OBE, Director of the NIHR Guy’s and St Thomas’ Biomedical Research Centre said “I speak from experience when I say that biomedical research is one of the most rewarding careers you could choose to pursue. Every day my colleagues and I work towards our 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 this year’s Summer School inspires the students to consider a career in research.”

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 for the 2020 school on the BRC website

Registration will open in the Spring.


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