From nursing to neuroscience and dentistry to dietetics, 500 school students learned about health and medicine career opportunities at the University of Plymouth’s Health Showcase.
The inaugural event was set up to coincide with the 70th anniversary year of the NHS, in partnership with Next Steps South West (NSSW), the collaborative outreach network that includes universities and colleges from Cornwall, Devon and Somerset.
Students were able to try out a host of interactive displays, including:
- balancing on a piece of foam at the physiotherapy station to highlight the balance and motor issues
- learning how to give CPR with student paramedics
- running on a treadmill to explore gait analysis in podiatry
- seeing fruit fly DNA within neuroscience to understand how the model applies to human brains
- interacting with social robots in research and psychology.
The day session also welcomed two-time Paralympian David Hill, from Exmouth, who was born with no left forearm but was brought up to believe there was no such word as ‘can't’.