Wednesday, 25 October 2017
In July, Sixth Form student Alexandra Nelson attended a five-day ‘Clinical Skills and Medical Research’ practical residential at Liverpool Science Park. This gave her the exciting opportunity to work in a real research laboratory as well as the chance to gain experience with clinical tasks.
During the residential, Alexandra received laboratory training and performed blood typing and an ELISA for the detection of a primary antibody using control samples. She also spent time in the respiratory clinic, where she learned how to perform a head-to-toe respiratory evaluation, listened to lung sounds to identify diseases and performed spirometry and peak flow analysis. She spent a day learning about cardiac rehabilitation, taking blood pressure manually and performing ECGs before taking part in exercises used in NHS rehabilitation clinics.
At the end of the course, Alexandra put her new skills into practice with an epidemiological study for the outbreak of suspected SARS. Students were asked to identify potential SARS patients from a large data bank, then analyse their sputum samples with little to no help from the doctors and scientists.
Alexandra was part of a group which correctly identified a SARS outbreak. She made accurate observations about how it was travelling through a population, as well as recommendations on how to prevent further spread.
The doctors and staff at Liverpool Science Park were impressed by Alexandra’s motivation, accuracy and organisation throughout the residential.
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