Local student sets her sights at seescape

By November 19, 2019

Medical student Carrie Hallam has taken up a placement at Fife-based seescape.

It’s the first time the charity has welcomed a student through the new Scottish Graduate Entry Medicine programme (ScotGEM), a partnership between the Universities of St Andrews and Dundee, Schools of Medicine.

Until Christmas, 21 year old Carrie will be involved in all of the charity’s services – ranging from The Optician, sight support, assistive technology and volunteer and befriending teams – giving her insight into how a third sector service organisation is a lifeline to the local community.

Carrie, who has a neuroscience degree and lives in St Andrews, said:

“I was delighted to be offered a placement at seescape.

“What attracted me to the charity was how it supports sight impaired people every step of the way and empowers them.

“They are there to offer support and guidance through the latest technology so that people can continue living independently at home and remain active members of the community.

“As well as conducting eye examinations and client centric services to avoid social isolation demonstrates a sound understating of the local community in Fife.”

seescape, based in Kirkcaldy’s Wilson Avenue, rebranded last year following 150 years as Fife Society for the Blind as it expanded its horizons for those with visual impairment.

It helps over 4,000 people each year and aims to make the lives of those with sight impairment more fulfilled by empowering them to live and interact with their families, their communities and surroundings in a positive way.

Carl Hodson, Chief Executive, added:

“It’s fantastic to support the ScotGEM programme through the University of St Andrews School of Medicine and have Carrie working with us.

“Sharing our knowledge and processes will give her valuable insight into how a third sector organisation operates and delivers positive outcomes to people in Fife.”

Dr Heather Shearer, Clinical Teaching Fellow and Lead for ScotGEM Agents of Change, stated:

“The ambition of the ScotGEM programme is to develop rurally-orientated doctors who will help drive change in the delivery of healthcare across Scotland. In Year 1, the students undertake a placement within a third-sector organisation.

“We are delighted that Carrie is undertaking her placement with seescape and greatly value the participation of seescape in this aspect of the ScotGEM programme.

“The host organisations provide a unique opportunity for students to learn about community engagement and the role of the third sector, which enables the development of a fuller understanding of the social determinants of health.”