On Friday 7th February we were delighted to welcome back a number of OVs and King’s parents for the eagerly anticipated Healthcare Conference run by Head of Careers, Helen Airdrie. The day was for King’s students as well as pupils from other local secondary schools who were invited along to share in the opportunity to learn more about the healthcare industry.
The conference consisted 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.
We were fortunate to have 5 OVs able to give up their time and knowledge to help out on the day. OV Ben Rean (Os 02-09) is a Paramedic Clinical Mentor and it was lovely to catch up with him in person after recently featuring him as one of our OVs of the Week! Ben was helping teach important CPR skills to pupils using a racing game which went down very well with the pupils! Here Ben is pictured with Business teacher, Elaine Friend (Hon OV) who was delighted to catch up with one of her former students.
OV Becky Pritchard (W 11-13) is currently studying medicine and spoke in a workshop about insights into applications for medicine and life as a medical student. Lots of pupils made the most of the opportunity to quiz Becky on what it is like being a medical student and getting a good work/study/life balance.
It was a lovely to welcome OV and former parent Dr Chris Perks (Cr 80-82) back to King’s and he was happy to help answer questions about working as a GP. Chris has a special interest in ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat), Motorsport and High Altitude medicine. Chris was Head of School when he was a pupil so the conference was also a wonderful opportunity to show him the newer parts of King’s including the Keyes Building.
OV Rupert Monkhouse (Ch 05-12) was representing the Dentistry profession and not only helped at the Healthcare Conference but also took some time out in the morning to visit King’s St Alban’s where they learnt about the importance of looking after their teeth.
It was great to see OV Hannah Lucas (Cr 01-08) who was speaking to pupils about healthcare careers in Mental Health. Hannah is currently Programme Manager at the Royal College of Psychiatrists. This is a growing area in healthcare and it was wonderful to see so many pupils chatting to Hannah and exploring alternative healthcare professions.
Overall it was a fantastic day and we are so grateful to have so many OVs return to attend events and help advise and encourage the next generation of OVs. The next careers event is ‘Careers Speed Dating’ on 18th March and if any OVs would be interested in helping at this or another careers event in the future please do let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01905 721712.