On Thursday 9th of July 2015 an inspirational event was organised by Lloyd Gregory from the MAHSC Research Office and the Education and Leadership Trust. The Trust is comprised of two schools, Whalley Range High School and Levenshulme High School, both of which are ethnically diverse girls schools in the heart of Manchester, with a shared mission for their young women that can be summed up in their respective straplines – “Aspire, Believe, Achieve” and “Dedicated to achieving dreams”.
The unique event enabled students to listen to engaging and stimulating talks, and take part in highly engaging hands-on science workshops from NHS professionals from a number of diverse areas, busting the myth that a career in Science is limited to medicine or pharmacy. After a morning experiencing what it might be like to suffer a stroke, how drugs can be developed and trialled or how dementia can impact quality of life (to name but a few). It was clear that the talented professionals who came from across the MAHSC partnership and included representation from Pharmacy (Dr Lynda Harris), Stroke (Sharon Hulme and Vikki O’Laughlin), Psychiatry (Dr Ira Leroi and Gemma Stringer), Dietetics (Debbie Lawford), and Rheumatology and Epidemiology (Dr Kimme Hyrich) who had given up their time really had been inspirational.
It would be fair to say that the event was very successful; student feedback was extremely positive and the morning provided memorable, real world scientific experiences which will certainly help the young women involved make more informed choices when it comes to their further education and career paths.
Thank you, MAHSC, for investing in Manchester’s healthcare professionals of the future, we look forward to working together even more in the future!