Insight into Clinical Practice
Students from Joseph Chamberlain College in Highgate were recently invited by The Education Team, to participate in a new work experience initiative. The aspiring future doctors, nurses and radiologists were given the opportunity to witness a simulated patient journey starting at A&E all the way through to admission and discharge. Over the course of two days, the 15 students gained knowledge on various health care professional roles, with talks from Trust staff including a dietetic practitioner, pharmacy technician, complex discharge nurse and surgical doctor.
The students particularly welcomed a talk from Daniel Sew, Education Fellow; Daniel managed a simulated A&E emergency admission, where the students were able to observe a typical assessment of a patient. His experience of surgery and the assessment of critically ill patients provided a valuable insight for the students who are hoping to continue onto higher Education or careers in the health care profession.
The students then had the chance to take part in clinical skills such as, wound dressings, sample analysis, stethoscope technique and also blood taking.
One student said: “I learnt that communication between health care professionals and their patients is very important.” Other comments were that the programme was very useful and enabled them to gain knowledge and experience of what working in a hospital is really like; “From this experience I was able to learn the process of how a patient is admitted onto a ward and practice key clinical skills such as, injections and taking blood pressure.”