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  [email protected]

What young people say about us

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!”

What teachers say about us

“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!”

How schools can apply for Hands Up for Health

We are booking remaining places for 2015/6. Places are limited to please register your interest.

Registration process

Hands Up for Health is currently available free-of-charge to all non-selective secondary schools in the London Boroughs of Lambeth and Southwark.

We regret that we are unable to accommodate every request that we receive. As there are more schools than free places available on the programme, you will need to complete a simple application process to register your school’s interest and make a formal commitment to the programme by agreeing to the terms and conditions.


How to submit your registration form

Send your form to the address below or email [email protected]

Hands Up for Health Administrator
St Thomas House SaIL Centre
1st floor, St Thomas House
St Thomas’ Hospital
Westminster Bridge Road
London  SE1 7EH

To ensure our resources are fairly and equally distributed across the two boroughs, all applications are dealt with in strict rotation and places on the programme are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis geographically. Those who are unsuccessful are added to the waiting list.

How to volunteer

Hands Up for Health would not be the success that it is without the generous time, work and support of its volunteers.

Volunteer with us and help change young lives.

We are always looking for healthcare staff and students to join out team of inspiring educators! If you would like to volunteer and engage with children and young people in a fun and interactive way, get in touch today. All are welcome to apply

The key role of volunteers is to:

  • Assist with delivering the fun and interactive programme content.
  • Engage children and young people in an interactive way.
  • Teach and/or facilitate various clinical simulation activities.

Qualities and skills required:

  • Enthusiasm, patience and confidence.
  • Ability to encourage group participation and to approach individuals sensitively.
  • Dependable, punctual and responsible.
  • Able to work as a member of a team.

We welcome all inter-professional healthcare staff and students with or without simulation or teaching experience.

What to expect:

  • All relevant information regarding activities, scenarios and resources will be provided to volunteers in advance of each event.
  • No formal training is required.
  • All volunteers receive a certificate for their participation.
  • Skills developed through voluntary work are transferable to many fields supporting career development.

How to Volunteer:

Please complete and return the Registration Form to [email protected]

The SaIL Centre will make all reasonable attempts to screen and verify volunteer applications.

You may be asked to provide evidence of any of the following:

  • photo identification
  • current employment / study
  • valid disclosure and barring services (DBS) certificate
  • safeguarding training completed

When volunteering please specify whether you are available for a whole day or half a day (AM or PM), and also what simulation and debriefing experience you may have.


Volunteer Role Description

Volunteer Registration Form

Process for Registering Volunteers

Dates for Hands Up for Health Programme 2015-16:

St Saviour’s and St Olave’s School

  • Sim Day at the SaIL Centre, St Thomas’ Hospital, Tuesday 9th February 2016

Lambeth Academy

  • Sim Day at the SaIL Centre, St Thomas’ Hospital, Tuesday 8th March 2016

Saint Gabriel’s College

Sim Day at the SaIL Centre, St Thomas’ Hospital, Friday 18th March 2016


Already a Volunteer?

Please re-submit the new Volunteer Registration Form 2015-16 to [email protected]

The Hands Up for Health programme would not be the success that it is without the generous time, work and support of its volunteers. Thank you.

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