Below are a series of popular questions we’ve been asked in the past regarding our events. If there is a question that’s not listed please feel free to send us an email with your query.
For each session we could take a maximum of 50 and a minimum of 10 students. For all bookings we would require at least one teacher to accompany the students.
All children will need a supervising teacher. We’ll leave it to the teachers to decide how many of them there need to be to supervise their students!
We think that year 8 is probably the lower limit. There is no upper limit. Even some adult groups may find the experience very interesting and engaging.
The events will be held at your very own school.
The experience is as interactive as possible. Everyone will take part in the dissection and will be free to ask questions at any stage. For the transplant scenario we’ll involve as many people as possible, but clearly not everyone can be ‘scrubbed up’ around the operating table.
There are 3 experts at each teaching session. Dr. Julian Barker is a consultant in cardiothoracic anaesthesia and critical care. He has a long history of leadership and teaching at a high level in this profession. He’s been the head of the department at Wythenshawe Hospital for over a decade. Mr Paul Exton is a senior Clinical Perfusionist. Perfusionists are the clinicians that look after the cardiopulmonary bypass machines (as well as many other life support technologies) used during heart surgery and the most complex transplant procedures. Paul has worked at Wythenshawe Hospital for over a decade and performed multiple transplant procedures. Lisa Barker is a senior critical care nurse who has years of experience in running a large critical care unit that cares for the most critically ill patients – including those that have had heart and lung transplants. Access to 3 experts in their chosen professions is a real opportunity during these teaching sessions. They can all speak passionately about their jobs and how they ended up involved in these vocations. As our program develops, other experts will be used to run the sessions.
There are some photos and videos of real cardiac surgery. Some younger students may find this a bit much. During the dissection session we use lamb hearts.