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UHNM radiography and imaging team attend futures fair

Young people in Stoke-on-Trent are getting more a flavour of what it would be like to work in the radiography and imaging team at University Hospitals of North Midlands thanks to a unique app designed by a member of staff.

Imaging advanced practitioner Francesca Leonard who works at Royal Stoke University Hospital has developed an interactive app part of her Masters degree. 

Sixth-form students are able to look at images and potentially diagnose conditions. The app also contains information on the routes into radiography and a Ted talk on how an x-ray tube works.

The imaging team attended Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form college futures fair as part of their outreach program as practice placement educators in imaging. More than 800 people attended the event which allowed students to interact with businesses, apprenticeship providers, volunteering and universities, enabling them to reach their full potential, have successful careers and secure future opportunities.

Catherine Downward, UHNM Radiographer and workplace practice educator said: “In spite of the snow we attended a buzzing futures fair at Stoke-on-Trent sixth form college, where they were expecting 1,800 students and approximately 800 passed our stand, drawn in by an interactive App where they could look at images and guess a diagnosis.

“We also took the opportunity to connect with other UHNM staff from the Care Coaching team and Orthoptics and have shared details so that we can meet to think of ways to work smarter, share information and reach more people.”