School pupils' video helps GPs raise antibiotic awareness

A GP practice in Somerset teamed up with school pupils to produce an educational video about antibiotic awareness.

Medicines: GP's video hopes to raise antibiotic awareness
Medicines: GP's video hopes to raise antibiotic awareness

Dr Michael Jenkins, a GP at the Riverbank Medical Practice in Weston Super Mare, approached a local school to ask if their media department would help him produce a short educational film.

'The main motivator was that most of the pupils and their families are our patients, so it felt like a nice community engagement project to do. Also targeting students sets them up with a bit of health knowledge going forward,' said Dr Jenkins.

The film has been produced to coincide with European Antibiotics Awareness Day on 18 November, and the practice will aim to screen it in its waiting room, via the school, local papers and a YouTube channel it is developing.

Dr Jenkins told GP that working with media students from the Priory Community School Academy, in Worle, had been an 'impressive experience'.

'I wrote the script and retained quite a tight control on the content to avoid wrong messages going out. I also told them what sort of look I wanted - fairly formal, neutral, informative and to target all ages. They then designed the story board, came to the surgery, filmed it all within two hours and then edited it, and I tweaked a couple of small things.

'This was despite some of them having GCSEs at the time. It was an impressive experience.'

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