Students getting hands on experience

From spending time in an operating theatre to helping out on the wards, a group of Grimsby students are getting hands-on experience in their local hospital over the summer holidays.

Trust chief nurse Ellie Monkhouse (second left) welcomes the students to NLaG.

A group of Franklin Sixth Form College students are spending four weeks on a clinical internship at Grimsby’s Diana Princess of Wales Hospital.

As part of their studies the students opted to join the Career Ready Programme, which helps to raise young people’s aspirations and bridge the gap between education and work by giving them access to real experience in the world of work.

Through the programme, students are paired with mentors who support them before, during and after their internship experience.

Twelve students from the college, who are all about to go into their second year of A-levels, will spend time in paediatrics, theatres and out on the wards.

Giselle Kesson, clinical skills tutor at the hospital, said: “Each of the students have an interest in health care related careers varying from adult nurses, children’s nurses, paramedics, doctors, surgeons and pharmacists. This is an exciting opportunity for the Trust to inspire future generations and potential employees.

The idea of the programme is to give students a hands-on experience where they can spend time in a clinical environment and get contact with patients. They will rotate through wards and departments giving them an understanding of a patient’s journey, from admission to investigations, diagnosis, treatment and discharge.

Before going out into the hospital they undertake a three-day induction programme which focuses on the importance of professionalism, team working, reliability, communication skills, clinical skills such as infection control and maintaining dignity and respect.

Giselle said: “For us it’s about getting local students interested in a career in healthcare. Hopefully they will look for positions here at the hospital in the future. It’s the fifth year we’ve run the scheme and we plan to repeat it next year.

As well as getting a general overview of how the hospital works, they will also learn basic life support training and resilience training.

“We are grateful to all the staff who take time out of their busy schedules to accommodate the students in their area.”

Brook Tilley, who is one of the students on the internship, said: “My dream is to become a nurse in the Army, so for me this experience is fantastic. I already feel as if I am growing in confidence and developing my communication skills.

“I have been lucky enough to be in contact with patients and their relatives as I have shadowed staff in the child development centre. I have really enjoyed seeing a variety of clinical procedures and how the nursing team provide care that ensures each patient is treated as an individual.”

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