Theatrical Media Makeup students impress trauma surgeon with their creation of casualty wounds

The creative work of Theatrical Media Makeup students at Warrington Collegiate has impressed a well respected trauma surgeon after he visited the College to give them a unique insight into the world of injury and how better to create realistic casualty makeup.

Salam Ismael, a humanitarian worker and senior trauma registrar at Wrexham Hospital, spoke to learners at the Winwick Road campus about the importance of research when it comes to producing wounds.

He also told of his time growing up in Iraq, how he graduated from Baghdad medical school and living in the aftermath of the US invasion of Iraq while working in civilian hospitals.

The human rights activist, who joined the Red Cross in 2005, told students how understanding what has caused a wound is crucial when it comes to recreating one, before judging some of the work students had created that morning.

Among the “injuries” were gunshot wounds, animal bites, motorbike accidents and a botched tummy tuck.

Mr Ismael told them: “What you are doing is really cool”, adding: “I’m really impressed with what the students have done today, their understanding, their skills and mainly their enthusiasm. They show a lot of talent and can push their career much more in the future in different directions.”

Dominica Randolfi, Warrington Collegiate’s Work Placement Coordinator, said she was delighted to have secured Mr Ismael as a guest speaker.

She said: “Mr Ismael has a vast amount of unique experience and knowledge that he was able to in part to our learners.

“Using his first hand experiences about injuries in people that he has treated within war zones has assisted learners to understand the importance of research in producing realistic casualty makeup.

“His visit has been a true eye opener not only for our learners but also for college staff who were also intrigued to listen to his talk. Both learners and college staff were blown away by this fascinating insight. Thank you so much Mr Ismael.”

Mr Ismael’s visit was the latest in a series of exciting external speakers who have all given Warrington Collegiate students first hand experiences of the industries they hope to work in.

Earlier this month, Victoria Edgerton – MD of For Real Training – gave an industry talk to students on courses including Performing Arts, Theatrical Media Makeup, Media and Public Services.

For Real Training deals in realistic trauma training for emergency services and armed forces, which involves simulating dramatic scenarios including car crashes, building collapses and terrorist attacks.

Victoria told students of the opportunities available to them should they wish to follow that path, as well as carrying out a number of workshops with Performing Arts students.

Dominica said: “Here at Warrington Collegiate we’re passionate about creating links with employers from all walks of life and industries to help give our students the best possible chances in life.”