The team behind ‘Medical Mavericks’ from the University of Northampton visited the Academy to provide students from Year 9 & 10 with an inspiring hands-on workshop. Students were able to learn how to use and experiment with real medical apparatus. The purpose of the workshop was to give insight into a wide range of careers in the NHS that students may not know of, alongside the most popular choices such as nursing and medicine.
Activities included taking blood from a fake arm using a real needle, using an ultrasound machine to see their heartbeat, performing keyhole surgery, taking blood pressure and discovering the levels of oxygen in the body.
Sixth Form students with aspirations to study medicine at university enjoyed a more in-depth workshop linked to curriculum specifications for A Level. They were also able to discover links specific careers within the medical profession. They experienced additional activities including suturing fake skin, recording respiration rates and measuring their blood vessels using the ultrasound machine.