Health students given rare opportunity to gain international work experience


Edge Hill University is distinctive in offering second and third-year students the opportunity to apply for placements with health services around the globe, providing successful applicants with a rare chance to experience how their chosen professions operate abroad.

Students studying paramedic practice and operating department practice have visited Germany, South Africa, Finland and Czech Republic to take part in international electives for the first time since before the pandemic.

Third-year operating department practice (ODP) student Sophie Sutton took part in a placement at Städtisches Klinikum Wolfenbüttel in the Niedersachsen region of Northern Germany.

Sophie, originally from Coventry but now living in Liverpool, said: “This was an amazing opportunity to see how operating departments work in a different country, especially as I want to go into humanitarian work when I graduate.

“I was able to shadow staff, get involved with some basic tasks and I even got to see c-sections for the first time – I felt really lucky. ”

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