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Medics of the future learn from top docs at Northumbria

Friday, 04 July, 2014
Medics of the future learn from top docs at Northumbria

More than 35 students from across Northumberland and North Tyneside have met with some the North East’s leading hospital consultants to find out more about building a career in healthcare.

Consultants in general surgery, paediatrics, anaesthetics and gastroenterology at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust were among the specialists who gave local teenagers an insight into the medical profession in the NHS.

Students from Bede Academy in Blyth, Cramlington Learning Village, Queen Elizabeth High School in Hexham, Gosforth Academy in Newcastle, St Thomas More RC Academy in North Shields and Whitley Bay High School, joined the clinicians to take part in demonstrations ranging from how to inject into joints, investigative surgery, to understanding obstetrics and gynaecology.

They also spoke with consultants about working at one of England’s leading NHS foundation trusts and the new Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital in Cramlington which will open in 2015 and become the first hospital in England to have A&E consultants on site 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with specialist consultants also available around the clock.

Mr David Evans, medical director at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust who attended the learning event, said: “As one of the region’s biggest NHS employers we are passionate about working with young people and our medics of the future.

“We are always thrilled to allow students the opportunity to explore medicine as a career and have the opportunity to talk with our top consultants about the various areas of specialist NHS care.

“I was very impressed by the students’ enthusiasm about the NHS and confident that with the right commitment, drive and desire many could go on to build successful nursing and medical careers in the NHS. I wish them all the best.”

The day-long session organised by Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is based around the criteria that most medical schools across the country use for selection and is held every year by the trust for local students.  The course has been so popular that the trust will run a further event on Friday 28 February.