King’s Health Partners Summer School launches online this month

The annual King’s Health Partners Summer School will now be taking place online, to ensure the programme continues despite the limitations caused by COVID-19.

summer school 2020Previously set to take place this coming July, the King’s Health Partners Summer School will now be launched online from 15 June 2020 in accordance with government guidelines.

The week-long programme is designed to provide insight into careers and work in research for year 10 and 11 students from local schools and for the children of King’s Health Partners staff. The Summer School encourages widening participation and access to higher education. You can read about last year’s Summer School on our website.

This year’s Summer School will provide this same crucial exploration and insight, such as healthcare and research training and mental health, however this time through online platforms, rather than face-to-face in healthcare settings.

We are supporting the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Guy’s and St Thomas’ Biomedical Science Centre to deliver lessons and talks to students via our YouTube channel. Other partners who will be working closely on the programme include: The Clinical Research Facility at Guy’s Hospital, The Centre for Stem Cells & Regenerative Medicine, Maudsley Simulation Training Centre for Mental Health and The Cicely Saunders Institute of Palliative Care.

Staff from the NIHR Guy’s and St Thomas’ Biomedical Research Centre will be sharing their stories of their careers and what drew them into a role in research. The programme will also include messages from the Young People’s Advisory Group (YPAG) who will talk about their experience at last year’s Summer School.

At the end of the week, participants will be asked to prepare a short presentation on what they have learned. Anyone who completes the week will be given a certificate and be entered into a prize draw.

Claire O’Neill, Public Engagement Manager said:

Whilst we will miss the face to face contact with our students, we are excited to be able to reach more people than ever in a safe and accessible way. This may even provide us with new ways of doing things beyond the lock down period and allow us to support and educate local young people even more widely than we have previously.

You can register your interest in taking part in the Summer School here or for further information, please contact Claire O’Neill: Claire O'Neill