Hundreds inspired at University Health Showcase

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’.

Health Showcase 2018

Inspiring students with his own achievements and his experiences of the NHS, David explained how he became a two-time Paralympian in swimming and triathlon, World and European medallist, British Champion and Top 10 Finisher in the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Paralympic Games. 

The public was also invited along to an evening event, featuring a keynote from Surgeon Captain Jason Smith Royal Navy, a Consultant in Emergency Medicine at University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust.

Professor Bridie Kent, Dean of the Faculty of Health and Human Sciences at the University of Plymouth, said: 

“The whole day was absolutely fantastic and it was brilliant to see so many people, students, staff and partners, engaged in the subjects we offer. We’re proud here at Plymouth to offer the largest range of health courses in the South West and we are looking forward to equipping the next generation with everything they need to succeed in health careers.”