The medics of the future

Trainee doctors Emily Frostick (centre) and Fiona Pearson (right) demonstrate the safe management of a patient's air ways to Kevin Joyce, a student at the Duchess's High School.
Trainee doctors Emily Frostick (centre) and Fiona Pearson (right) demonstrate the safe management of a patient's air ways to Kevin Joyce, a student at the Duchess's High School.

MORE than 70 students were helped to be medics of the future by a team of top consultants at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust last week.

For the first time, consultants in laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery, cardiology, anaesthetics and emergency care were among the specialists who gave the teenagers a first-hand insight into the medical profession.

The students from across Northumberland and North Tyneside took part in demonstrations about how to inject into joints, investigative surgery and keyhole surgery.

They also heard from the consultants what it is really like to be a medic and how the NHS is run.

David Evans, the Trust’s medical director who was involved in the event, said: “We’re one of this area’s biggest employers and we have a responsibility to the communities we serve to allow students the opportunity to explore medicine as a career with our top consultants.

“The day has been a resounding success with scores of students gaining invaluable insight into life as a doctor.

“Their enthusiasm to learn was overwhelming and I’m confident we have students who have the ability, drive and desire to go on to be successful doctors if they decide to follow that route. I wish them all the best.”

The day-long session was based around the criteria that most medical schools use for selection and is expected to be repeated run twice a year in the future.