Big Bang North West: NHS North West – Medical Learning Zone
July 02nd 2018

Big Bang North West: NHS North West – Medical Learning Zone

After the amazing success of their Medical Learning Zone in 2016 and 2017, Health Education England North West (NHS) are returning to The Big Bang North West 2018!

Trusts, hospitals, clinics, labs, education centres and services will be collaborating to bring our visitors a real insight into a career in the NHS.

Health Education England (HEE) supports the delivery of excellent healthcare and health improvement to the patients and public of England. Working across the North West, they ensure that the workforce of today and tomorrow has the right numbers, skills, values and behaviours, at the right time and in the right place.

Cheshire Career & Engagement Hub

Take your first step into the NHS – NHS careers photo booth!
Students will have a chance to dress up in different NHS uniforms, from paramedic to scientist, from nurse to clerk and take pictures and selfies in our photo booth. There will also be an opportunity to quiz staff who work in health about their roles.


“For younger children there will be ‘colour-in chromosomes’ to create. For older children, we will have DNA bracelet making and gene testing with taster strips. Also we have the genomics quiz and word-searches to win prizes, pens or treats!”


“We will have a range of interactive ideas raising awareness of common health issues eg mental health problems. These may include juggling stress balloons, putting leaves on a worries tree where students hang their worries and making bunting of positive coping strategies.”

“We use these activities to promote awareness of common conditions and then discuss career options in our Trust. As the Trust has become more physical health focused with the acquisition of LCH NHS Trust we will be including our new colleagues and activities around physical health too. We have previously invited student nurses to join us to talk directly to students about being a healthcare student.”

North West Ambulance Service

North West ambulance Service will be providing practical activity of Basic Life Support, meet the staff, and careers information advice and guidance. Tour of an ambulance if can be accommodated at the venue.

St. Helens & Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, Radiology Dept.

“We will be promoting Radiography as an exciting career with visual and written information. Exhibiting a variety of diagnostic images including x-rays and other imaging modalities e.g. CT & MRI. There will be anatomical body parts including a full sized skeleton with a competition for who can label the most bones in a minute and spot the abnormality or object. There will be a selection of uniforms to try on and you can have your photo taken with ‘Fred’ our friendly departmental skeleton!”

Royal Liverpool & BroadGreen University Hospital Trust

“We’ll have a Sim man demonstration with a forensic theme!”

Southport & Ormskirk NHS Trust

-Blood pressure equipment
-Infusion pump
-Wound Swab
-Light Box for infection control
-Pregnancy Suit
-Beer goggles
-Inspiring young people to consider career opportunities in STEM

Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Wirral Community NHS Foundation Trust

-Mr Bones (large 2D skeleton visual aid) – an activity designed to support participants to explore the range of professional job roles that support patients who have particular health conditions affecting the different parts of the body.
-Discussion of clinical and non-clinical roles.
-Use of IT systems to support clinical staff to teletriage – demonstration of equipment.

Health Education England North West will give Big Bang North West attendees the opportunity to speak to professionals from physiology, radiography, pharmacy, dietetics, nursing, cardiology, dental, clinical laboratories and more.

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