Student Healthcare debate

Belfast Health & Social Care Trust 2019 Student Healthcare Debate

In its 5th year, the Belfast Trust’s Healthcare debate aims to give young people, an opportunity to engage with the hot topics in health and social care. Last year St Colman’s, Newry articulated their way to victory on the topic of the regulation of alternative practitioners. Could it be your school this year?

Involvement in the debate activity will support students further in their consideration of a healthcare related career and in their UCAS applications. Debate topics will be public health focused and pertinent to current issues facing healthcare professions.

Schools have the opportunity to put forward a team consisting of max. of 5 students (one team per school) all of whom have a healthcare career choice focus. The students must be in Year 13 or Year 14 and will participate in or have participated in a healthcare work experience placement.

First stage of the process: teams are invited to complete the attached application form. The completed application form should be submitted electronically to to reach the shortlisting panel by Friday 11th October 2019.

Second stage of the process: Successfully shortlisted teams (4 teams) will be notified by Belfast Health and Social Care Trust before close of school day on Friday 18th October and provide them with their semi-final topic.

Third stage of the process: Four shortlisted teams will be invited to attend the semi-final debate on Monday 11th November 2019 at 2.00pm in the Education Centre, Royal Victoria Hospital.

Final stage of the process: The two semi-finalist winning teams will be invited to compete in the final debate event, which will be held on first week of December (date TBC) in the Education Suite, Mater Hospital. Judging panels will consist of senior management representatives from the Trust and the Department of Health. All debate participants will receive recognition of their contribution to the process and the winning team will be presented with a prestigious winner’s award trophy for their school.

Please find, in the link below, a letter from the work experience co-ordinators in the Belfast Trust outlining the requirements and the application forms. Also find linked below, a poster for you to use in school to encourage students to apply.

Please register your interest in entering the Student Healthcare Debate, so that we can send reminders as the closing date for completed entries approaches. Register your interest in entering with:

I would urge your school to consider entering this debate and I wish them well in their endeavours. (Other winners have included St Colman’s College (Newry), RBAI, Belfast Royal Academy and Sacred Heart Grammar).

Please circulate with your Health and Social Care colleagues and also those who look after debating in the school.

To download the poster for printing please click here

To download the letter and application form please click here

Please click here to contact Joanne Mehaffy if you have any further queries and we encourage the school to participate.