Summer school students with members of the St Giles Hospice team

Medics of the future have been given the chance to learn about life in the care sector at St Giles Hospice.

Twenty-three teenagers attended an annual summer school in Whittington.

Summer school students with members of the St Giles Hospice team

They heard about career paths including nursing, medicine, physiotherapy and occupational therapy during their five day course.

It offers pupils an introduction to the careers and values associated with health and social care and end-of-life care, and helps them to broaden their personal skills, improve confidence and learn about team-working and task management.

Head of education and skills at St Giles Hospice, Theresa Barker, said the group had been introduced to careers associated with the care offered by the charity.

“It’s wonderful to see the pupils come in and develop over the three weeks, both as individuals and as a group,” she said. “I find it so encouraging to see their passion, enthusiasm and inventiveness and to hear their laughter.

“They really engage and are so committed to getting as much as possible out of their experience.

“Everyone gets the opportunity to meet the St Giles team and we are delighted to have welcomed back Beth Woodward, one of our first students who is now at medical school, to tell our latest pupils about her experiences and how the summer school has helped her.”

“Really useful knowledge and experience”

The St Giles Hospice summer school has been running for seven years and over that time 115 students who have just completed their GCSEs or who are in the first year of their A level studies have taken part.

Rhys Thornett, who attended this year’s summer school, said: “People have misconceptions about hospices but St Giles is a really friendly atmosphere and people who go there for care treat it as their home.

“I would like to become a doctor and summer school has taught me more about what’s involved in healthcare and the importance of teamwork and interacting with the patients’ families.

“I’ll be taking everything I have learned into my future studies and would definitely recommend the summer school to anyone who is considering a career in medicine.”

Fellow pupil Angel Nield, added: “I’ve learned a lot about teamwork which is really important when you’re working together as a big multidisciplinary team and I’ve taken away a lot of really useful knowledge and experience which will be useful to me when I go for interviews for medical schools and jobs in future.

“It was a really valuable experience and I’ve already recommended it to my friends.”

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