As part of Bishop Vaughan School’s programme for More Able and Talented pupils, the school works with pupils to identify work experience and summer school opportunities to support future university applications.
Over the summer, four pupils in Year 11 attended a medical summer school at the prestigious University College London Hospital. These places were provided by the Mullany Fund, an organisation that has worked closely with Bishop Vaughan School this year to support pupils interested in medicine and healthcare careers.
Gian and Alisha, two of the pupils who attended the summer school, described their experiences.
Gian: “The ULCH summer School was really helpful in expanding my knowledge on careers in the healthcare sector. Before the ULCH Summer School I was worried that I wouldn’t be as knowledgeable as the other candidates and therefore wouldn’t understand the seminars as well. However, during the Summer School, every healthcare professional taking a seminar made it interesting but also clear to understand, therefore I was able to increase my knowledge on careers in the healthcare sector whilst getting to know people who are in it themselves. I had the chance to experience what it’s like for professionals during the two day ULCH placement. I got to know so many things about the variety of lifestyles that the healthcare sector can provide a living for and how it helps people live better themselves. Experiencing the harmony of the nurses and consultants to the porters and cleaners was inspiring.Learning more about the career sector I aspire to be in has completely assured me of wanting to join it. Personally, it has definitely changed my future plans for the better and helped me on my path to being successful with these plans. Thank you to all the Mullany Team for the opportunity!”
Alisha: “I thoroughly enjoyed the UCLH summer school! It was such a great project and invaluable experience that I will remember for a long time. It enabled me to develop essential skills such as being practical, patient, caring and understanding. I learnt how to perform CPR which I felt was crucial as it can actually save someone’s life between the time emergency services are called and when they arrive. We were allowed to use the latest surgical technology to practise extracting sugar cubes from a dummy which replicates what surgeons do at surgery. In addition to this, we were given the chance to use an extremely expensive and technical equipment that they use in key hole surgery. I received two day work placements in Pathology and Oncology. During my placement with Pathology, I watched a colon dissection, thyroid dissections visited the morgue, dressed in scrubs, visited the haematology lab and practised embedding specimens using specific machinery. During my second placement with Oncology, I shadowed a trainee consultant who discussed potential treatments with cancer patients. Treatments included chemotherapy and radiotherapy. I observed how the consultant had delivered information to the patient with a kind, understanding and sympathetic passion. We received many work shops over the course of the summer school, however one particular work shop stood out to me. The emergency services workshop sparked motivation within me and I became wrapped up within the possibility of a potential career in this sector of healthcare. Previously, I had never even contemplated a career in this sector. We even got to go to the accident and emergency department one night and received a tour on the layout. Even though I don’t think a career in emergency services is right for me, I was still shocked by how interested I was in it. Now that the summer school has finished, I’m still not sure what sector I would like to work in, however, it has ignited a passion in me to explore the whole sectors of healthcare and life sciences and I am so excited by the prospect and the journey. During one of the speed dating exercises, I was really interested in a career in radiography. The spokesperson diminished some of my fears that it was too hard or even impossible to get into for someone who’s maths skills aren’t too great but now I feel that maybe this career may be suitable for me with a bit of hard work. I would like to thank the Mullany Fund for allowing me to have had such an amazing and informative experience that I will cherish for a long time.”