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Sixth-form students learn from Northumbria’s top docs at medical master class

Monday, 13 February, 2017
Sixth-form students learn from Northumbria’s top docs at medical master class

More than 50 sixth-form students from across the region met with some of the North East’s leading hospital consultants to find out more about entering a career in medicine.

Consultants from a range of specialities, including general surgery and orthopaedics at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, were among the specialists who gave local teenagers an insight into life as a medical professional in the NHS.

Students from 20 schools including Cramlington Learning Village, Queen Elizabeth High School in Hexham, Astley Community High School in Seaton Delaval, Burnside Community College in Wallsend and Royal Grammar School in Newcastle, joined the clinicians to take part in demonstrations ranging from how to perform CPR, investigative surgery, to understanding different radiology examinations.

Dr Colin Doig, medical director and consultant cardiologist 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 reaching out to the medics of the future.

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

Dr Chris Tiplady, director of medical education and consultant haematologist at Northumbria Healthcare added: “I was very impressed by the students’ enthusiasm about the NHS and confident that with the right commitment and desire, many could go on to build successful medical careers in the NHS. I hope to see them back in a few years as students and doctors in our hospitals.”

The events have proven so popular that Northumbria Healthcare has organised a further two events which will take place in April 2017. An allied health professionals masterclass will take place 6 April 2017 focusing on careers such as physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech and language therapy. A nursing masterclass is also set to take place on the 28 April 2017 for young people interested in a nursing career.

To find out more, or if your school is interested in attending either of these events, you can contact learning & development on 0191 203 1415 (option 1).