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Students help Healthwatch Hampshire

Posted on: January 4th 2017

Students help Healthwatch Hampshire to raise awareness of A&E issues

Amery healthwatch projectYear 10 students at Amery Hill School have been working alongside Healthwatch, the independent consumer champion for health and social care in England, whose aims are to help people get the best out of their local health and social care services; whether it’s improving them today or helping to shape them for tomorrow.

During 'Healthwatch Week' in April 2016, Healthwatch Hampshire visited Amery Hill School presenting assemblies to Year 8 and 9 students and to all the pupils at Bishops Waltham Junior School; the students and pupils were encouraged to speak up about their experiences of health and social care and were invited to participate in a survey.  The results indicated that just over two thirds of the students and pupils surveyed thought that accident and emergency services were most important to them.

Amery Hill students were invited to collaborate with Healthwatch Hampshire and Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (HHFT) on a project to produce a short video to:

  1. Help to improve the understanding of children and young people in Hampshire about their local emergency health care services
  2. Help providers of local emergency health care services to better understand the particular needs of children and young people, for whom emergency departments are often the ‘front door’ to access health care in hospitals.

HHFT, who manage the emergency departments in Winchester and Basingstoke, visited the school in the summer term when Dr Helen Crossley, a Consultant in Emergency Medicine and Lorna Farmer, an Emergency Nurse Practitioner were interviewed and filmed by the Amery Hill students, with support from Healthwatch Hampshire.

Healthwatch Hampshire representative Mr Steve Manley commented “Amery Hill School, worked with us throughout the project, allowing us to speak to their assembly, whose staff, particularly Mr Lewis, Progress Leader for Year 10, were patient and generous with their time, and whose students were funny and intelligent beyond our expectations.”

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Amery Hill School hosted its fourth annual BBC School Report event this month, with 30 students experiencing what it is like to be a journalist for the day. The students worked in small groups and had the chance to research some interesting topics as well as learn the techniques of constructing and conducting a good interview. The reports covered a variety of topics, from the serious issues of a lack of diversity in the media and stereotypes about specific groups of people, to a more humorous representation of Donald Trump and his leadership style.  Speaking about the day, student reporter Alisha Frost said “For the fourth year in a row, this exciting day was planned and led by Mrs Winch, Head of Media Studies. To give us a real feel for what it would be like to work for a newspaper, live BBC news reports were actively displayed during the time, adding to the experience.” Students had the chance to develop their journalism skills, carrying out research, interviews and filming during the course of the day. Alisha added, “It was a fun day filled with exciting experiences for all!  On a personal note, I feel privileged to have taken part in this amazing opportunity for three years in a row and hope it continues for many more years to come.” Many of the students are core members of the school’s reporting team and have been instrumental in launching the student newspaper, ‘The Amery Quill’. We are looking forward to the next edition of their thought-provoking newspaper which will feature their articles and interviews from the BBC School Report Day. Click here to visit our BBC School ReportView Article