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University supports ‘Who’s in Health?’ campaign

13 October 2015

John Bligh with children from Tredegarville pupils
Professor John Bligh presenting a gift to children at Tredegarville Church in Wales Primary School in Cardiff

Dean of Medicine attends primary school event aimed at raisingaspirations to healthcare professions

The University’s Dean of Medicine has joined other healthcare professionals to help raise the aspirations of young children by talking about the huge range of career opportunities aside from doctors and nurses.

Professor John Bligh, Dean of the School of Medicine has visited Tredegarville Church in Wales Primary School in Cardiff, as part of the 'Who's in Health?' campaign, an initiative aimed at giving primary school children an insight into life as a healthcare professional, to inspire them and show how important literacy and numeracy is for any future profession

Visiting alongside Dr Ruth Hussey, Wales’ Chief Medical Officer, the visit helped bring to life careers in healthcare and sought to encourage children to improve their academic performance and realise the importance of studying to achieve their dreams.

Professor Bligh, who presented the school with a gift from the University during the visit, said: “Young people often dream about what they will be when they grow up, and for many those dreams are determined by the experiences they have had in their lives.

“This project, 'Who's in Health?', is all about giving primary school children a taste of what being a health care professional is all about.

“We are aiming to inspire children to dream and to show them how important science, maths and language are in making those dreams come true.”

The ‘Who’s in Heath?’ campaign is being rolled out across Wales by charity Education and Employers in partnership with the Medical Schools Council, as part of the Primary Futures

Primary Futures is a free programme for state primary schools across all of the UK, which looks to help children understand the link between learning in school and the world of work, inspiring them to improve their academic performance.