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Fantastic Facilities Attract Future Healthcare Scientists

28 Jan 2020 16:13:14
STP event

Science was top of the agenda this week as our Trust hosted a specialised open day for tomorrow’s healthcare scientists.

The day was organised as part of our Trust’s work with the Scientist Training Programme (STP), an initiative overseen by the National School of Healthcare Science and NHS Health Education England. The programme provides work-based learning for the next generation of healthcare scientists.

16 students attended the open day and were given the opportunity to get hands-on with clinical skills in our simulation suite.  They were encouraged to ask questions and explore devices and equipment used daily to diagnose and treat Rotherham patients. The group was also given a tour of the cardiology, respiratory and cardiac devices departments at Rotherham Hospital.

Highly Specialist Cardiac Physiologist, Phil Matthews, is a training coordinator for the School of Healthcare Science alongside his role in cardiology, he helped to organise the day.

He said: “I’m really proud that we have been able to do something a bit different and put on this open day. The facilities we have here in Rotherham, both in our education and cardiology and respiratory departments, lend themselves fantastically to demonstrating a real-life view of healthcare science in the NHS.”

He added: “Healthcare scientists are involved in approximately 80% of all diagnoses made however the profession only makes up about 5% of the total of the healthcare workforce.

“This makes our work with the National School of Healthcare Science and NHS Health Education England really important so that we can inspire and educate those who will follow in our footsteps.”

As part of our work with the Scientist Training Programme, the Trust will take on a masters healthcare science student later this year and Phil will be involved in the interview and selection process for students on taking up these sorts of placements nationwide.

We currently have two healthcare science masters students at TRFT, studying whilst working in the cardiology department. They both played an important role in the open day by speaking about their experiences and sharing their tips.