GCU evaluates Hands up for Health outreach programme

04 August 2014

GCU evaluates Hands up for Health outreach programme

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) experts in education research have been commissioned to evaluate an innovative outreach programme that offers hands-on experiences of healthcare to young people in London.

‘Hands up for Health’ provides young people with a real sense of what it’s like to work in health and social care using life-like state-of-the-art manikins, set in a hospital simulation centre, to present hard-hitting scenarios such as alcohol poisoning, pregnancy and knife trauma.

Hands Up For Health is an innovative interactive learning experience delivered at the Simulation and Interactive Learning Centre at Guy’s and St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust in London, designed for young people at risk of social and economic disadvantage.

GCU’s Professor Anna Jones in the Centre for Research in Lifelong Learning, has been awarded a £20,000 research grant by Guy’s and St. Thomas to establish the effectiveness and impact of the project.

More than 500 children and young people (aged 9–24 years) have participated and evaluation shows participants achieve the learning outcome and find it valuable. The input of healthcare facilitators, who positively influenced their learning and attitudes toward healthcare careers, resulted in a 43% increase in the number of young people considering careers in healthcare after participation.

Professor Jones says: “Their aim is to prompt, promote and enhance students’ interest in science and healthcare as a route to career; to empower and instil confidence and teamwork skills; and making students think about their life choices.”

GCU’s Centre for Research in Lifelong Learning (CRLL) works in partnership with other researchers, universities, colleges, government and related agencies to conduct research and knowledge exchange in education policy and practice, leadership and recognition of prior learning (RPL).

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