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Students Are Digital Health Champions

Students from Scott College are part of a project  looking at using smart speakers in care homes. The group were invited to attend the  EPIC project event in Liskeard by Professor Ray Jones looking at how smart speakers could be used to provide reminders for treatment or medication or as a means of video communication with healthcare practitioners, family and friends. The students have prepared materials to explain to care home residents how to use the system including information about how the care homes could find it useful including setting Alexa up as a diary, reminders and for recreational use. “The students have now become Digital Health Champions and were given six Echo Spots to take home and practice with before starting to use them with the care homes,” explained Health and Scoial Care teacher Mrs Carlson.”We will shortly be allocated care homes and the students will be supporting them by making regular contact as well as the initial set-up.” It is the second part of the Epic project which students have taken part in – in January they went to Plymouth University for a session called Innovations For a Long and Healthy Life. It was all-day event which considered how technologies can help…

Uni Visit For Psychology Students

Part of being a student at Scott College is regular visits to universities – this time one of our partners Plymouth University. Our Year 10 Psychology students visited the Psychology department and had an extremely informative and inspiring afternoon.

Students Join Compassion Project

Scott College has been invited to be a pilot school for the St Luke’s Compassionate Schools project. The project is part of their Compassionate City Campaign. “I have been working with them for some months now and completed Champion training and we are involved in three ways,” explained Health and Social care teacher Mrs Carlson. “One is the Theatre Forum Workshop which is run in conjunction with St Luke’s, Scott College and Plymouth University’s drama students and on 12 March 40 students took part in an afternoon of theatre forum sessions.”       The idea behind the Compassionate Buddies Forum Theatre sessions is to help students build their confidence and skills to compassionately respond to their peers who might be bereaved or living with a life-limiting condition. Ultimately, they will get to practice LENDing a helping hand to make a difference to people around them and understand what a Compassionate Buddy is and isn’t, just like in Compassionate Friends. Forum Theatre is a type of participatory theatre which allows the audience members- students (the ‘spect-actors’) to practice different interventions for real-life scenarios. “It was a great experience and the students were amazing,” said Mrs Carlson. “They interacted well and…

Students Learn Practical Health Science Skills

Students got to grips with a range of Health Sciences Practical Skills as part of a special event at Scott College. The College welcomed visitors from the University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust Infection Control team and five Allied Health professionals including from Occupational Therapy, Podiatry, Dietetics and Paramedics. “The students learned to use a Doppler machine and take blood pressure correctly as well as learning about infection control and correct hand-washing procedures,” said Health and Social Care teacher Mrs Carlson. “It was an informative and enjoyable day and another great opportunity for our students to learn directly  from those working in our healthcare services.”

Hands-on Anatomy Experience Is ‘Exceptional’

Students were given a real flavour of life as a surgeon when they took part in Operating Theatre Live. The two-day anatomical dissection experience follows the journey from patient care through anaesthetics to incisions and onto the dissection of all main organ systems including attempting real surgical procedures. Year 12 student Aaron, a future physiotherapist, said it was a “unique” experience. “We have so many opportunities like this at Scott College – I’m currently on a placement at Derriford Hospital in the Histology Department and experiences like that and taking part in Operating Theatre Live reinforce how much I want to pursue a career in the medical profession.” Fellow  Year 12 student Poppy is planning to be a doctor. “It is important to get over your squeamishness and a practical hands-on experience like Operating Theatre Live really helps,” she said. Dominic, who is in Year 9, said it was “a great introduction into how organs and tissues work”. “It’s very different to see all the things we learn about actually in the flesh,” said Dominic, who is planning a career in Cardiology. “The whole experience propels them through the human body, how it works and what is involved with careers in…

Headteacher Mr Cox on ITV Westcountry

Mr Cox was on ITV Westcountry on Tuesday 12 February 2019 talking about how our Sixth Form students start their day at 10am and finish at 5pm and how it benefits them and their learning. It’s just one of the innovative ways we can respond to what works best for the young people preparing for careers in medicine and healthcare at our small,specialist school. Should the school day start at 10am? The later start has been introduced at @scottcollegeply in #Plymouth – and headteacher Martyn Cox says his students are less rushed, less busy and in a better state to learn. — ITV News WestCountry (@itvwestcountry) February 12, 2019

Sport Science Lab Visit

A group of students visited Plymouth Marjon University and got to take a look at the Sports Science Laboratory. Mr Broomfield, who  took his Sports Science class, said it was “a unique opportunity”. “Students got to explore future career paths and degree courses related to sport and health.” The Sports Science Laboratory contains a selection of high-tech equipment such as force plates, a virtual golf simulator, a reactive wall and, the most exciting, the anti-gravity treadmill where they changed the atmospheric pressure so students were running on the equivalent of the moon. “Our students had an eye-opening experience and a good insight into what it would be like to study a Sports Science Degree at the university,” said Mr Broomfield. “The students were fully involved in the visit and thoroughly enjoyed getting to use equipment which professional athletes use. After the visit students were openly talking about how great the facilities are and that they would love to go to the university to study for a degree.”

‘Collaborative and enthusiastic’ students enjoy EPIC day

Seven of our Sixth form students were invited by Professor Ray Jones, Director of the EPIC project, to Plymouth University to attend Innovations For a Long and Healthy Life on 31 January. It was all-day event attended by Trixton, Marsha, Mia, Cydney, Bleona, Audrey, Emily and the team delivering the EPIC project and older people, a number of SMEs and NHS care providers and charities. The day involved workshops looking at how technologies can help support eyesight, hearing, dental requirements, mobility and mental and social wellbeing for a healthy older age. Trixton said: “It was an amazing opportunity to work with healthcare professionals and professors, where we came up with an idea to incorporate smart speakers into care homes. Professor Jones said we will be working on this idea as Digital Champions – helping elderly people to use the Smart technology to keep to a routine and have reminders, listen to music and much more.” Professor Ray Jones said our students were a  “credit to the College”. “I wanted to say how great your students were who attended the conference – bright, engaging, polite, fun, collaborative and enthusiastic!”

Spotlight On Paramedics

Thank you to South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust‘s Richard Walker, Learning and Development Officer, and Kristian Thomson, a newly qualified paramedic, who gave our Year 9 and Year 12 students a fascinating insight into the work of a paramedic. And thank you also to Kieran Bignell who is Consultant Paramedic Clinical Lead for Cornwall 111. They told us about the role of paramedics and other staff in out of hours roles or working for a doctor’s surgery and we also had a demonstration of a response car.