Last week DocSoc was hosted at Harington School for its annual ‘Healthcare in the News’ meeting. The event saw pupils from both schools give a five-minute talk to their peers on various news stories connected with the NHS, the veterinary profession or the practice of dentistry.
The pupils were given titles, including ‘The role of the media in the use of cannabis oil for medicinal purposes’, ‘The Assisted Dying Bill – pros and cons’, ‘Can healthcare professionals refuse to undertake procedures based on conscience?’, ‘Why are there more mental health problems in the LGBT+ community?’, ‘Lucy’s law’. They had to research their area of interest, incorporating an ethical dimension they had to describe clearly and discuss. Each speaker was expected to state where they stood on each topic by way of a conclusion.
Dr Andrew Nicoll, Teacher of Biology and DocSoc Organiser, said, “The standard of talks was high despite some nervousness and the presence of teachers from both schools. We would like to thank Harington School for hosting the meeting and providing refreshments.”
Oakham School has run a Medical Society (Doc Soc) for many years for pupils interested in applying for clinical courses at university, a programme enriched by the participation of similarly minded young people from Harington School.