Health Showcase at Plymouth University

Students explore the health and social care sectors with a visit to Plymouth University

On Thursday, a group of 4th, 5th and 6th form students visited Plymouth University to discover more about life, careers and research within the health and social care sectors, exploring the fields of Medicine, Dentistry, Biomedical Science, Nursing, Midwifery, Psychology, Social Work and Allied Health Professions (Dietetics, Occupational Therapy, Optometry, Paramedic Practitioner, Physiotherapy, Podiatry, and Sport Therapy and Rehabilitation).

During the day the students engaged in a range of interactive sessions led by academic staff, current undergraduate students, healthcare researchers and health and social care professionals.

In the morning students had an inspirational talk by David King, 2 x Paralympian in Swimming and Triathlon, World and European Medallist, British Champion, Team GB’s Youngest Athlete at the Athens 2004 Paralympics and Top 10 Finisher in the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Paralympic Games. His main messages were to dream big and to celebrate your successes along the way to reaching your goal. Born with no left forearm, he has overcome immense challenges to fulfil his dreams.

The pupils then had a tour of the lecture theatres, clinical skills lab, student accommodation and library. After lunch there was a plethora of different careers and course opportunities for pupils to explore, including how robotics are used in health care, how gaits are analysed in podiatry, how muscle strength is measured in sport therapy and how eyes are examined in optometry.

The day provided a fascinating insight into the health and social care sectors and delivered new ideas and inspiration for a whole range of possible vocations.

Following the trip one student commented: “It made me think about the variety of healthcare professions out there and sparked my interest in becoming a midwife.”