Public engagement

Hands up for health

Hands up for health
St. Thomas Hospital, London
Hands up for health (click to enlarge)
Hands up for Health teaches young children about health, science and health-related careers, by interactively engaging them in hands-on experiments. As part of the programme, I spoke about the topic of diabetes to 20 eight year olds from a local Lambeth school who came into St Thomas’ Hospital in December 2014. In small groups, we then tested the glucose level of fake blood samples. During the experiments we discussed the prevalence, causes and effects of diabetes and other diseases and what can be done in order to promote general health. I was able to introduce the students to the idea that health professionals can be more than medical doctors and that researchers can help the public to come up with new and innovative ideas of how medical conditions can be detected and controlled. I ensured that the event was a discussion, rather than a lecture, which allowed me to keep them engaged in the process.