The Chief Medical Officer for Northern Ireland supports Primary Futures ‘Who’s in Health?’ campaign NI launch

IMG_3544What a great Primary Futures ‘Who’s in health?’ event we all had at Tor Bank Special School in Belfast.

Massive thanks to the school for hosting and working so hard behind the scenes, to our special guests and volunteers who gave their time to work with and help to inspire the children and of course to the Education and Employers charity team who work tirelessly to make things happen! We’re all now looking forward to rolling out Primary Futures across the country in the coming months! Time to join us?

The press release for the event is reproduced below.

The Chief Medical Officer for Northern Ireland, Dr Michael McBride, visited Tor Bank Special School on Tuesday 20th October on behalf of the Primary Futures ‘Who’s in Health?’ campaign.

The Primary Futures Who’s in Health? campaign sees volunteers from all roles in the health sector talking with primary school and special school pupils about their job and how they use science, maths and literacy in their career. The idea is to bring learning to life, raise aspirations and awareness of the huge range of jobs in the health sector.

Schools taking part in this particular ‘Who’s in Health?’ visit:

  • Tor Bank School (Special School)
  • Dundonald Primary School
  • Brooklands Primary School
  • Millennium Integrated Primary School

Chief Medical Officer for Northern Ireland said: “I am very pleased to take part in the Primary Futures programme for Northern Ireland. Growing up is a time of considerable health and social needs. Schools are vitally important settings for the personal and social development of our young people, encouraging self esteem and self confidence, promoting life skills and readiness for work. I believe that programmes such as this, which make the link between learning at school and future job opportunities, show young people what they can achieve and promote aspirations which will influence later life chances. It is my sincere hope that the healthcare professionals at today’s event will act as role models and inspire pupils here and across Northern Ireland to strive to succeed in realising their potential.”

Colm Davis, Headteacher at Tor Bank Special School said: “We are delighted to be able to launch the Primary Futures programme in Northern Ireland and to be able to host it in a special school is really important to the inclusive and integrated educational community we are working hard to create in NI. It is a great way of getting our children to be positive about the futures, by raising their aspirations and broadening their horizons while ensuring employers gain a more enhanced understanding of the capabilities of all children whether they have disabilities or not. The programme aims to help our children to make vital but real connections between their learning in school and the world of work beyond it. As well as people from different professions getting involved in such a programme, we will be able to also introduce them to many inspirational people and role models who volunteer and serve their communities in inspiring ways.

We are particularly pleased this to be welcoming visitors from the medical profession to the school. This will enable children to explore the range of work opportunities by following a STEM curriculum which may lead to a career in medicine. What better way to widen participation in the future medical or health profession than to start talking to primary school children today?”

Professor Stuart Elborn, Dean School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences at Queen’s University Belfast said: “This project provides primary school children with an opportunity to learn about working as a doctor. A series of creative learning activities are used to inspire young people to expand their career aspirations and consider medicine as a future occupation. The programme also fosters an appreciation of the importance of language, maths and science on this journey.”

Tor Bank Special School is situated in the Dundonald area of Belfast. The principles of the Unicef ‘Rights Respecting School’ are deeply embedded into the fabric or the school community. The school works collaboratively with many schools, many of which are in areas of high disadvantage and deprivation. They have invited three other Primary Schools to Tor Bank for the launch of this programme.

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By Steve Iredale

Who’s in Health? School visit by the Chief Medical Officer for Wales

We were all delighted that this week the Chief Medical Officer for Wales, Dr Ruth Hussey, visited Tredegarville C.I.W. Primary School in support of Primary Futures and our ongoing ‘Who’s in Health’ campaign. You can find out more about her visit and the other great volunteers by following her on Twitter @CMOWales and also the school @tredegarvillecw

Russell Hobby the NAHT General Secretary also blogged about our campaign ………………. http://www.naht.org.uk/welcome/news-and-media/top-stories/our-aim-to-get-a-healthcare-professional-into-every-primary-school/

The press release about the visit and the campaign is here. Isn’t it time you joined the Primary Futures family?

Chief Medical Officer supports Primary Futures ‘Who’s in Health?’ campaign being rolled out across Wales
The Chief Medical Officer for Wales, Ruth Hussey, is visiting Tredegarville C.I.W. Primary School on Tuesday 13th October on behalf on the Primary Futures ‘Who’s Health?’ campaign.
The Primary Futures Who’s Health? campaign will see volunteers from all roles in the health sector talking with primary school pupils about their job and how they use maths and literacy in their career. The idea is to bring learning to life, raise aspirations and awareness of the huge range of jobs in the health sector and that it’s not just ‘doctors and nurses’.
Volunteers taking part in this particular ‘Who’s in Health?’ visit:

• Ruth Hussey, Chief Medical Officer
• Sally Feyi-Waboso, Occupational Therapist
• Joanne Williams, Pastoral Healthcare, HR Manager
• Alyx Peters, Managing Director, MPS Healthcare Ltd
• Dave Wilson, University’s Chair of the Admissions Group
• Shaffi Batchelor, Medical Student

Guests
Professor John Bligh, Dean of Medicine, Cardiff University, who will be presenting a gift from the University to the school. The ‘Who’s in Heath?’ campaign is being rolled out across the UK by the Education and Employers charity in partnership with the Medical Schools Council and the NAHT.

Chief Medical Officer for Wales, Dr Ruth Hussey said: “Little did I know when I grew up in a farming family in north Wales, attending the local school, that one day I would be the Chief Medical Officer for Wales. This is a great way to inspire Welsh children, for them to see the relevance of what they are studying now to what they could become in the future. I hope today’s healthcare professionals can inspire Tredegarville Primary pupils and pupils all across Wales.”

Tredegarville C in W Primary School is situated in the city centre in Cardiff. Many of the children are growing up in relative disadvantage with 40% being eligible for free school meals. Just over half the children in the school use English as an additional language, many are new arrivals to the country and asylum seekers.

Emma Laing, Headteacher at Tredegarville C in W Primary School said “Primary Futures is really important to our school. It is a great way of getting our children think about possible futures, of raising aspirations and broadening horizons. It is about helping them to make connections between their learning in school and the world of work but it is also about getting them to look out of their immediate context and out to the wider world. As well as people from different professions we also introduce them to people who volunteer and serve their communities in inspiring ways.

We are particularly pleased this year to be welcoming visitors from the medical profession to the school. This will enable children to explore the range of work opportunities in medicine. What better way to widen participation in the future medical profession than to start talking to primary school children today?”

Professor John Bligh, Dean of Medicine at Cardiff University said: “Young people often dream about what they will be when they grow up. And for many those dreams are determined by the experiences they have had in their lives. This project, Primary Futures, is all about giving primary school children a taste of what being a health care professional is all about. We are aiming to inspire children to dream and to show them how important science, maths and language are in making those dreams come true.”

By Steve Iredale