Published: 8 November 2005 at 13:46
22 sixth form BTEC National students from around the region have visited Anglia Ruskin University's Institute of Health and Social Care for a 'taster' day to find out more about potential careers within a simulated operating theatre environment.
The young student 'volunteers' from Braintree College and Palmer's College, Grays focused on anaesthetics, surgery and recovery as part of a closer look at the work of Operating Department Practitioners (ODPs) and theatre teams in general. As part of the day, organised by the Department of Allied Health in association with the College Liaison Unit, the visitors were given an introduction to the various clinical skills involved in the work such as the preparation of a wide range of equipment and drugs. They spent some time looking at anaesthetic machines and vital signs monitoring equipment and learned some basic information about surgical attire and methods of infection control. This involved student participation enabling the students to 'scrub up' and simulate a surgical experience. They were also given a short introduction on basic life support and instruction on how to manage an individual's airway.
Commenting on the taster day, John Redmond, Programme Leader from the Department of Allied Health, said:
Anglia Ruskin's Institute of Health and Social Care offers pre-qualifying degree and diploma courses on subjects including Operating Department Practice, Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work, Health and Social Care, Radiography, Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy. Start dates are available in January April and September.
The University's nursing courses were rated 'excellent' by both the Guardian and the Times Education Guide 2005.
For a copy of the new Institute of Health and Social Care Prospectus from Anglia Ruskin University call 0845 271 3333.