Students become surgeons for the day at RJAH

Release Date: 26/06/2017

Students become surgeons for the day at RJAH

Meeting rooms at The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital (RJAH) were transformed into an operating theatre for students to get a taste of working as a surgeon.

Operating Theatre Live, a touring company which showcases careers in medicine, transformed one of the hospital meeting rooms to enable the students to experience a theatre environment.

Activities included learning about types of treatments and dissecting real anatomical specimens such as pig hearts and brains.

Schools and colleges that took part included North Shropshire College, Llanfyllin High School, Welshpool High School, The Corbet School in Baschurch, Moreton Hall in Weston Rhyn, Shrewsbury Sixth Form, The Priory School and the Grange Primary School in Shrewsbury, The Thomas Adams School in Wem, Yssgol Morgan Llwyd in Wrexham, Ysgol Rhiwabon, The Maelor School in Penley, and Leicester University.

Jo Bayliss, Training Manager at RJAH, said: “It’s been a brilliant experience for the students, who have all thoroughly enjoyed it and got really stuck in.

“It’s given them a real insight into clinical practices, which should hopefully help them to make a more informed decision on the career path they want to embark on.

“It’s been great for RJAH to host Operating Theatre Live once again, and it’s fantastic to see these kinds of opportunities for young people. Everybody seems to have got a lot out of it.”

James Hargreaves, careers and history teacher at The Thomas Adams School in Wem, said: “This has been a fantastic, real hands-on experience for the students.

“It’s given them a chance to experience something that they would not be able to do in a normal classroom, and it’s extremely beneficial not just for those wanting to get into the clinical side but also those wanting to go into another area of the NHS.”

Sam Piri, Company Director of Operating Theatre Live, was putting the students through their paces, teaching them about a host of areas including preparing anaesthetics, dissecting samples and the different systems of the body.

He said: “This is a very practical, hands-on experience for the students. Giving them the chance to do a real dissection is important because it helps students to understand how the body works, and gives them the chance to see, touch and feel it for themselves.

“There’s no better way to learn about anatomy than having a look at the real parts as long as it’s done properly.

“What we do is also linked to the curriculum, so links to their studies.

“Events like this are also beneficial as they allow us to work with NHS Trusts to increase the capacity of the number of opportunities of work experience.

“This event also helps young people to decide whether it is for them, that’s why the practical side is so important.”

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