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Hands up for Health youth education

Hands up for Health

Young learners

Student s take part in Hands up for Health

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.”

Find out more about Hands Up for Health.

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

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Volunteer for us

Meet new people, gain skills and boost your confidence and careers prospects - volunteer for Hands up for Health.

Both clinical and non-clinical staff and students welcome.

Find out more on our volunteering page.

More about simulation

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Latest news

Hands up for Health: simulation extending to community education, March 2014