New forum will tackle health issues

Students in Stoke on Trent have teamed up with local medical professionals to address health concerns.

Learners at Stoke on Trent College have partnered with the University Hospital of North Staffordshire to form a “Health Society Forum” that aims to raise awareness of health issues, promote wellbeing and provide additional enrichment activities for students.

Made up of 25 volunteer students from across the College, the Health Society Forum will undertake fundraising, discuss health related topics and help support the college curriculum for Health and Social Care.

Working alongside key medical professionals, learners at Stoke on Trent College will now get to experience a range of health seminars with consultants, doctors, nurses and allied health professionals. Clinical skills demonstrations, using the college’s hospital ward and training equipment, will also take place to help students gain new skills and awareness.

Sixteen-year-old Alishia Taylor, from Tunstall, has a rare congenital heart condition called Truncus Arteriosus Type 2 and is amongst students who have launched the group. Alishia, who studies BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Film and Television, said: “The Health Society Forum is giving people a place to speak freely about things that they may not normally do.

It’s also giving people the chance to have their own voice heard and learn new things, so I think it’s a really good idea.

I do a lot of fundraising for the British Heart Foundation so I think I will be able to use these skills in the Health Society Forum.”

The group’s first fundraising activity be part of “Movember”, a month long campaign to raise awareness of testicular cancer, prostate cancer and mental health.

After four years working as an outdoor activity instructor in Devon, twenty-two year old Mark McIntosh found himself suffering anxiety and is currently awaiting a diagnosis. Now living in Bignall End and studying BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Film and Television at the college, he has also helped launch the forum. He said: “I think it will be great reward to help other people through the activities we have planned.

The Health Society Forum is also connecting people together to form a social group. It doesn’t matter what your background is, beliefs, or even if you have a medical condition; you are all working towards the same goal.

It’s fantastic to have the University Hospital of North Staffordshire involved and have the opportunity to work with them to make a real difference.”

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