Students ‘May Contain Nuts’

Posted by pt91 at Jul 15, 2011 12:30 PM |
Careers event for schools supported by medical students from University of Leicester
Students ‘May Contain Nuts’

Participants, medical students and staff celebrate completing the ‘Opportunities for all’ week at Leicester’s Hospitals.

Issued by University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust on 12 July 2011

Secondary school students from across the city have successfully completed a week of seminars and workshops on healthcare at Leicester Royal Infirmary.

As part of the activities, the students were split into teams - brain, lungs and hearts - and given an Apprentice-style task to devise a campaign to raise awareness of nut allergies among 11 to 16 year olds. 

Each team gave a ten-minute presentation on the final day, which included leaflets, role plays and PowerPoint slides. The teams also used raps, quizzes, posters and Facebook groups to express their ideas.

In his closing remarks, Bill Morris, director of Leicester Secondary Education Improvement Partnership, said: “The judges were overwhelmed by the quality of the presentations, but the winning team who best met the brief was ‘Lungs’. They’re hired!”

He added: “I’d like to thank the University of Leicester medical students who acted as mentors - they were excellent in the way they supported and cared for the students throughout the week.”

Some of the participants are now keen to pursue careers in healthcare.

Bradley Setchell, 15, from English Martyrs’ Catholic School, said: “Before this week I didn’t know what I wanted to do but now I want to work in paediatric medicine.”

Manjula Modhwadia, 14, from Sir Jonathan North Community College, added: “The most interesting thing was meeting all the different professional people and finding out about their jobs.”

Furqaan Kaji, 16, from Crown Hills Community College, said: “It’s taught me a lot about health professions and it’s not just all doctors and nurses.”

Others just enjoyed the experience of being at Leicester’s Hospitals.

Dylan Harris, 15, from The Lancaster School, said: “The best thing was going into the lab and seeing the cilia from the rats’ brains!”

Hilliary Killer, CBU manager and lead nurse at Leicester Children’s Hospital, said: “This is the first time we have tried inviting secondary schools in to the hospital and it’s been absolutely fantastic. The students and staff have really enjoyed it and we are certainly considering doing something similar in the future.”


Photo caption:

Participants, medical students and staff celebrate completing the ‘Opportunities for all’ week at Leicester’s Hospitals. Provided courtesy of the University of Leicester.

For more information about Leicester’s Hospitals:

Contact Rachael Dowling, communications officer, tel: 0116 258 8592 or email

About Leicester Education Improvement Partnership

The Leicester Secondary Education Improvement Partnership, known locally as the EIP, is a partnership of the city’s secondary and special schools. The EIP was established in September 2006 with the core purpose of raising standards in all schools. The EIP works in close partnership with the Local Authority and with many other agencies and organisations across the city.

Since its inception, the EIP has seen positive outcomes of collaboration in many ways, including the year on year improvement in KS4 examination outcomes (at a faster rate than the national average) while at the same time reducing permanent exclusions to almost zero.

The strategic priorities for collaboration across the EIP can be summarised as:

• Raising the aspirations of all learners

• Raising the attainment of boys

• Raising the attainment of white British learners

• Raising the levels of reading

About the University of Leicester:

A member of the 1994 group of universities that shares a commitment to research excellence, high quality teaching and an outstanding student experience.

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