Impact of the Lancing Medical Society
The Medical Society was set up in 2007 as one of the first OL and parent business networks and its impact is now being felt across the wider Lancing family. The guest speaker at the dinner last November was Mr Oliver Fenton, Field’s 1962–1967 (on the left of the picture above) a Consultant Plastic Surgeon who talked about his work in Chitrakoot, India, performing surgery on patients with congenital and severe burn deformities, as well as cleft lip and palate operations.
There are now plans for Oliver to come to Lancing and talk to more students about the nature of plastic surgery, the main feature being the chance to carry out practical procedures of suturing, designing and raising skin flaps and taking skin grafts. This will be balanced with advice on the procedures and personal experience of medics working their way through the system, from medical students to consultants. Professor Mike Hughes, Olds 1950–1956, who also attended the dinner, has offered to come to the College and talk about the development of the polio vaccine and the discovery of penicillin. Dr Mark Signy, a former parent and Chair of the Lancing Medical Society, has arranged work experience for two Lancing students who attended the dinner. In the last week the Foundation Office has helped Philipp Schroeter, School 2011–2013, find a Clinical Elective in Cardiology with Dr Guy Lloyd, Teme 1980–1985. All this shows the Lancing Medical Society is proving to be a valuable resource for our students and young OLs alike.
The Lancing College Student Medics meet every week to discuss a wide range of medical-related topics, and on a monthly basis they attend the Medico-Chirurgical lectures at the Royal Sussex County Hospital, a series of talks given by doctors about their area of specialism.
With the challenges of an ageing population and increasing life expectancy, the current shortage of skills in the medical and bioscience field looks set to continue. This is an area of expertise where demand stretches well beyond the NHS into medical research, the pharmaceutical industry and cutting edge medical technologies. Following a degree in Biomedical Science, students have a wide range of opportunities to continue their professional development and specialist training in a wide range of related disciplines, such as haematology, immunology and virology.
Lancing pupils have increasingly responded to this demand and the College has seen its thriving medical group grow from strength to strength. In 2017 our largest ever cohort of pupils gained offers into this area, with degree choices varying across the full range, from medicine and biomedical science to medicinal chemistry and neuroscience. These aspiring pupils are ready to play their part in a fast changing and exciting industry where opportunities exist in the public, charity, academic and commercial industries, both in the UK and globally.