Surgeon gives students a rare insight into the world of trauma

Media make-up students with Salam Ismael

Students at Warrington & Vale Royal College have been given a unique insight into the world of trauma, thanks to a visit from well-respected surgeon Salam Ismael.

Mr Ismael, a speciality registrar trauma and orthopaedic trainee at West Midlands Deanery, spoke to public services and applied science students at the college about his time growing up in Iraq and what it was like living in the aftermath of the US invasion.

The human rights activist, who joined the International Red Cross in 2005, told students about his instrumental part in preventing the supply of small arms to Iraq from Europe, which involved addressing the United Nations on the issue.

Mr Ismael also spoke to theatrical media make-up students at the college about the importance of research when creating casualty wounds, before judging the impressive “injuries” created by students.

Anne Tabiner-Shaw, lecturer in theatrical media make-up, said: “Our students absolutely loved having the opportunity to show Mr Ismael their work and hear from someone who has seen trauma injuries first-hand. Mr Ismael’s visit to college will help our students to create even more realistic wounds and has given them insight that will prove invaluable when it comes to seeking work in the industry.”

Mr Ismael’s visit – the second in the last 12 months – was made possible thanks to the college’s fantastic industry links.

Dominica Randolfi, Work Placement Co-ordinator at the college who organised his visit, said: “Here at Warrington & Vale Royal College, we pride ourselves on creating excellent links with employers that further enhance what our students are learning in class.

“Mr Ismael has a vast amount of unique experience and knowledge that will undoubtedly leave a lasting impression on our students. His visit has been a true eye opener for both students and staff at the college.”

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