On Friday 7th February we welcomed over 120 pupils to King’s for our Healthcare Conference, hosted by Head of Careers, Helen Airdrie. The pupils that attended were not only King’s pupils, but also those from local secondary schools: Hanley Castle High School, Tudor Grange Academy, Pershore High School, Bishop Perowne Church of England College, and Blessed Edward Oldcorne Catholic College.
The event was aimed at pupils from Years 10, 11 and 12 who were invited along to share in the opportunity to learn more about the healthcare industry.
The day started with a talk on the overview of the NHS and how it is changing and developing. The conference consisted also of workshops on a variety of healthcare careers including midwifery, clinical science, nursing, paramedics and medicine. This was followed by a Healthcare Careers Fair in the Sports Hall where students could visit different stalls to learn about careers ranging from dentistry to occupational therapy to physiotherapy.
Over 22 different Healthcare professionals were in attendance to share insights into a wide range of specialisms including the variety of careers within Medicine (GP/ Consultant Paediatrician, Gastroenterologist, Surgeon), Dentistry, Nursing, Paramedic Science, Healthcare Scientists, Radiography, Occupational Therapy, Midwifery, Physiotherapy, Dietetics, Mental Health. The professionals that attended were at both ends of the career spectrum from those still training through to those with many years’ experience.
Among the 22 professionals attending were several OVs: Ben Rean (Os 02-09) is a Paramedic Clinical Mentor; OV Becky Pritchard (W 11-13) is currently studying medicine; OV and former parent Dr Chris Perks (Cr 80-82) was happy to help answer questions about working as a GP; OV Rupert Monkhouse (Ch 05-12) was representing the Dentistry profession; and, finally, OV Hannah Lucas (Cr 01-08) was speaking to pupils about healthcare careers in Mental Health. Hannah is currently Programme Manager at the Royal College of Psychiatrists.