UCLH surgeon steps into school 

26/04/2012 00:00 

UCLH consultant Professor Fares Haddad was on hand to present three students from Hampstead with their prizes following the annual ‘Step into the NHS’ schools competition.

The students from South Hampstead High School won the competition run by NHS Careers.  

L-R; Zoe Viner, Professor Hares Haddad, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation

L-R; Zoe Viner, Professor Hares Haddad, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Genie Harrison, Ms Vicky Spawls, Head of Careers and Georgina Alford.

They were tasked with researching one of the 350 different career opportunities in the NHS and producing a job advertisement and either a job description or a CV of the ideal candidate for their chosen role. Over 1,250 students from across England entered the competition.

Georgina Alford (13), Genie Harrison (13), and Zoe Viner (12) were today announced as the London regional winners. 

Georgina from Hampstead, Genie from Islington and Zoe from Belsize Park decided to look at the role of a surgeon in the NHS. The judges were particularly impressed by their creativity and understanding of the role in developing a range of materials including an animated video which really demonstrated the impact surgeons have on people’s lives. Click here to view the advert.

Georgina, Genie and Zoe were each presented with their prizes of £50 Amazon vouchers by Professor Haddad, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at UCLH, during a special ceremony at the school on Wednesday 25 April. 

Professor Haddad said: “Young people are extremely important to the future of the NHS and it’s great to know that students are aware of the wide range of opportunities that exist. I am delighted that the winners chose the job of a surgeon to look at, as many people may not be aware of the diverse work we do. Surgeons specialise in operating on particular parts of the body or to address specific injuries, diseases or degenerative conditions, and have a huge impact on the wellbeing of their patients.”

Mrs Stephen, head teacher at South Hampstead High School said, “We are thrilled that our students have won this important prize. This competition has proven to be a valuable classroom tool, engaging students with the workings of the health service and the different career options available to them. The hard work and effort invested in this project reflects their commitment and dedication.” 

Georgina, Genie and Zoe, said, “We enjoyed taking part in the competition and now we are more aware of the jobs available in the NHS. We chose to look at the role of a surgeon as we wanted to learn more about what people do in this role and how they help people suffering from injuries and diseases. Through the research we did for the competition, we have learnt a lot about the day-to-day work of a surgeon and are seriously considering a job in the NHS when we finish school.”


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