A group of Year 10 students recently attended a careers based ‘Explore and Inspire day’ based around Health and Social Care. Students were selected to attend this event, after identifying an interest in a career in medicine/ healthcare via the year 10 careers survey.
Students spent the morning at The Abbey Care Home, a beautiful twelfth century house in Old Malton. Ryedale school students were able to talk with various practitioners working in the Health and Social Care sector, as well as students studying at university or gaining qualifications whilst working. There was a tour of the house and a chance to meet and talk with residents before lunch. The manager of The Abbey was very impressed with the students and encouraged them to think about volunteering or applying for work placements at the Abbey care home.
The afternoon was spent in Rivermead residential care home. Once again students were welcomed and given a tour of the facility, which also has a dementia care unit. Students were shown the ‘Memory Lane’ unit which is designed to stimulate memories for those suffering with dementia. The pupils noted that the facility was geared to more intensive care for residents, in the form of hoists, medical equipment and therapies. The afternoon concluded with students being involved in activities with residents, playing games, crafts and singing. The Health Care professionals working at Rivermead and The Abbey care home, remarked on the empathy, respect and understanding that the students had shown towards the residents.
The pupils were very enthusiastic about the day and found the information very helpful, but all agreed without a doubt that, the best part of the day had been meeting and joining in activities with the residents. We are grateful to Mrs Thompson for escorting students to and from this opportunity, to the staff involved at both venues for enabling the day to go ahead, to the staff at NYBEP who provided us with this opportunity, and finally to our students who have once again excelled themselves. We are very proud of what these students have achieved so far, and are thrilled to learn that this experience has only made them more focussed towards a career in medicine/healthcare.