Hands up for Health

Young Learners

Hands Up For Health is an innovative interactive learning experience delivered by the Simulation and Interactive Learning (SaIL) Centre team at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust in London and designed for children and young people.

The programme, now in its fifth successful year, uses hands-on experiences in true-to-life settings with real-life clinical equipment, state-of-the-art manikin technology (life-like manikins that breathe and speak), and actors serving as simulated patients.

Key Aims

  • increase enthusiasm and knowledge of science and health
  • strengthen ‘life skills’ for employability and positive health behaviours
  • widen participation to healthcare careers.

Children and young people can discover first-hand, what it’s like to work in health and social care – straight from doctors, nurses, paramedics, therapists and other healthcare professionals who volunteer to teach on the programme.

“The SaIL Centre allows people to learn in an environment that is completely safe for patients and gets children directly involved in health care, encouraging them to consider it as a career,” says centre director Dr Peter Jaye. “Crucially, it also encourages them to consider the impact their life choices have on their own and others’ health.”

For more information, to apply or to volunteer, please email

 handsupforhealth@gstt.nhs.ukYear 10's Lambeth Academy 10.02.2011

Pupils from Lilian Baylis Technology School and Lambeth Academy have told us how much they enjoyed Hands Up for Health.

“I liked the way the dummy moved and talked.”

“I liked when we learned how to save people’s life by giving CPR – mouth to mouth.”

“It made me think about being a doctor; if I make a mistake then someone dies.”

“It was really enjoyable, fun and interactive – just as we wanted it to be!”

“I had a great experience and only wish it could’ve been longer!”

“It has simply confirmed that I would like to do medicine at university and I can only hope that the teaching is as good as yours!”

Day-2.-Small-group-post-scenario-debrief-facilitated-by-healthcare-professionals“It was one of the best school trips I have ever been on in 20 years of teaching.”

“All the students were absolutely buzzing on the way home about the day. You have truly inspired them.”

“The most fantastic thing about the day was seeing every student engaged and enthusiastic about the learning.”

“The organisation was outstanding from start to finish, as was the enthusiasm shown by everyone connected with the day.”

“The staff were excellent: very interesting and engaging. Overall, a great day!”

Latest News

Today members of the SaIL team will be heading out to attend and present at the 15th International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH) 2016 conference in San Diego, California running from the 16th to 20th January 2016.

Joining simulation and education peers and experts from around the globe, this is the largest gathering of simulation healthcare professionals to share best practices.

Peter Jaye will be hosting an innovative workshop with Suzie Wilson from Clod Ensemble’s Performing Medicine introducing the concepts and ideas of arts-based learning in simulation, a partnership that has created unique arts-based training programmes that enhances care and compassion in healthcare professionals.

The team, led by Peter Jaye and Gabriel Reedy will host two exciting interative workshops centred around debriefs titled ‘Expert debriefing: the right tool for the job’ and ‘Evaluate learning in a debrief: how do we do it, what does it tell us?’ working alongside partner colleagues from King’s College London, University of Surrey and Glasgow Caledonian University.

Gabriel Reedy has also been invited to participate in a panel with several expert simulation practitioners and scholars from around the globe, sharing their ideas and experiences using particular theories for educational-based simulation.

Beth Thomas will deliver a podium presentation titled ‘Share Simulation with Inner City Youths: Lead Simulation into Wider Community Education’ with Professor Anna Jones from Glasgow Caledonian University, presenting new possibilities for using simulation outside of healthcare education settings, in particular to positively impact wider community education, supported by the evaluation findings from our popular and highly successful Hands Up for Health programme.
We wish all the team the best of luck and look forward to their return to hear what’s ‘hot’ in the world of simulation!

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