South Tyneside NHS shares knowhow with workers of the future
Wed 17th July 20190
Students at Whitburn Church of England Academy received some expert training thanks to NHS South Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). Science teacher Vicky Lowthian reached out to the organisation on behalf of year 12 students enrolled on the academy’s Health and Social Care BTEC.
In response, the CCG’s Clinical Director, Dr Jon Tose, devised and delivered a bespoke training session designed to help the students understand how doctors and other health professionals diagnose various common medical conditions.
The two-hour session held the students’ attention as they discussed fictitious cases, attempting to work out a diagnosis for each. Dr Tose explained the process of asking about symptoms, conducting examinations and doing investigations, and they gathered information on how a person might present with an infected ear, asthma, meningitis, diabetes and bowel cancer. Learning was hands-on, with the students using thermometers, otoscopes, peak flow meters, a blood sugar machine and a stethoscope to get a real flavour of life as a frontline NHS medical professional.
As well as fulfilling his role for South Tyneside CCG, Dr Tose works as a GP in South Shields. Asked about the training he delivered to the Whitburn Academy students, he said: “I enjoyed delivering the session and I was impressed by the students, how they engaged with the subject and how knowledgeable they were. Some of the students are considering careers in healthcare and I hope that the lesson may have persuaded others to do the same.”
Students studying on the Health and Social Care BTEC are expected to progress to employment or into Higher Education, taking degrees in subjects like Nursing, Physiotherapy, Radiography, Occupational Therapy and Public Health.
One student who attended the training, 16 year-old Paige Mason, plans to seek a career within the NHS, possibly as a paramedic or psychiatrist. Like her fellow students, Paige took a lot from the experience. She said, “It was a really beneficial opportunity for me and my classmates. It has given me a deeper understanding of what certain careers within the NHS are like, as well as what kinds of roles and responsibilities different jobs involve.
“Overall it has given me an understanding of what it may be like working within the NHS and has inspired me to pursue a career in health care.”
Teacher Vicky was pleased with how the session inspired the students, bringing the reality of delivering health and social care to the classroom. She said: “It was helpful for students to meet a real-life health care professional and ask about their training and career pathway.
“The fact that they were able to see and use medical equipment linked to case studies really brought the course content to life. We would like to pass on our thanks to Jon for delivering such an interesting session.”