A group of Swindon students have been visited by local paramedic Simon Barnfather at their latest Medicine Society (MedSoc) session to provide an insight into careers in medicine as part of Villiers Park Educational Trust’s Scholars Programme.
The visit is the latest session run by the Scholars Programme’s MedSoc which runs termly events for students interested in pursuing medicine related careers. A report published today has found that while just 7% of students attend independent schools, 61% of the country’s top doctors were educated at independent schools.*
To help address this imbalance and ensure fair access into the healthcare sector, the MedSoc encourages talented students from state schools to pursue medicine. The society gives students the chance to interact with like-minded people, to develop specific skills and knowledge and to network within the sector, all of which will help them on their journey into the medical professions.
The paramedic, who delivered the workshop at St Joseph’s Catholic College on 23 February, discussed his role as a paramedic with the students, as well as various careers in the NHS, training and personal qualities needed to work in the healthcare sector and the ethical issues he faces on a day-to-day basis.
The students, who are in years 11 to 13 and from St Joseph’s Catholic College, Lydiard Park Academy, New College and the Commonweal Academy, also had the opportunity to look at the life-saving equipment used by paramedics.
Lola Funsho, Year 13 St Jospeh’s Catholic College student, said, “The paramedic session was very interesting. It opened my eyes to the whole variety of medical professions and roles that are required in the paramedic division. The speaker was very enthusiastic and fuelled my passion to pursue a medical career”.
Josh Drinkwater, Year 12 Lydiard Park Academy student, said, “ I found the talk very informative and I learned loads about both the benefits and dangers of being a paramedic and that being a paramedic isn’t the only job in the NHS”.
Other MedSoc sessions have included mock university interviews and the development of practical skills such as First Aid. Ellie Abrey, Year 12 New College student, said, “The mock interview session was really useful because it gave me the chance to practise how to answer challenging questions, such as ethical issues, and think on my feet. I feel much more prepared for a real university interview and I have learnt how to improve my interview technique.”