Published: 9 February, 2024

Nurses have been breaking down barriers and inspiring children during a visit to a Tameside primary school.

Claire Mann, joint head of nursing and allied health professionals, and Maxine Wood, specialist paediatric lead, visited Hurst Knoll St James’ Church of England Primary School to educate children about the importance of healthy eating, looking after their emotional health, vaccinations and infection control. But they also took the opportunity to inspire the children about a career in nursing.

Claire said it was a pleasure to support the school’s Aspirations Week, where different professions were invited to talk to the children and provide some insight into different career opportunities.

“The morning was thoroughly enjoyable, the children were incredibly engaging and asked lots of questions about how we became nurses,” she said.

“We took a two-pronged approach where we explained the importance of working hard in school, the role of the nurse and the different areas of the profession and then explored keeping ourselves safe and healthy both emotionally and physically. We ensured the sessions were as engaging as possible and encouraged the children to move around the classroom during different activities.”

Maxine added: “Prior to joining gtd healthcare, I worked in accident and emergency departments for a number of years so I know how daunting it can be for children to be seen and treated by a nurse or a clinician in general.

“It’s important to tap into these sessions to breakdown any barriers and ensure children know we are here to help them and keep them safe.

“Also, it’s great to have opportunities to raise awareness of the profession and plant the seed early so that children are inspired and have future aspirations.”

gtd healthcare has supported Hurst Knoll St James’ Church of England Primary School in the past through funding sports equipment, buses to Chester Zoo and Jane Doyle, joint head of nursing, has delivered infection prevention and control sessions.

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