999 What’s your emergency?

Thu, 17 May 2018 15:09:00 BST

In an emergency situation healthcare professionals play a pivotal role. Through staging an emergency scenario, staff from across the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health gave over 70 school pupils from across Greater Manchester the opportunity to see first-hand the role healthcare professional’s play.

The scenario of a road traffic accident demonstrated how many different fields help in the aftermath; including Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Nursing, Psychology, Optometry, and Public Health. Each subject ran interactive and engaging workshops; Medicine’s session was brought to life with an actor playing the role of the patient, giving the pupils an opportunity to actively engage in a doctor/patient situation.

In the afternoon pupils visited different stalls in a networking session, giving them the chance to chat to University staff and students about the undergraduate courses offered by the University.

Not only was the event a great opportunity for pupils to engage with the University, it also allowed our own staff and students to learn from the pupils. Dr. Roger Harrison who ran the public health workshop commented: "It’s so easy to get stuck in an academic way of thinking, and the children come out with curve-balls throughout the day. I’m always amazed at these events to see how different children engage with the activities and the questions they come up with."