Blackpool students given insight into NHS careers

Student Alexander learning about podiatry

SIXTH form students have been given the opportunity to learn about careers their local hospital could offer them.

Staff from Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust attended a recruitment event at Blackpool Sixth Form College to highlight the varied clinical roles on offer in the community.

Sarah Critchley, Clinical Improvement Lead at the Trust, said: “This was the first event the Adult Community Services and Long Term Conditions division have been asked to do.

“We welcome any way to promote the excellent work that is undertaken in the community!

“We were represented by learning disabilities, mental health, community nursing and integrated roles. We also had podiatry, Extensive Care, occupational therapy, and apprentice ambassadors teams attending.

Members of the Extensive Care Service team promoting their work

“Our staff took stands bursting with information and resources, along with practical activities to increase the awareness in the varying roles.

“We saw more than 100 students who were on the Health and Social Care course. Some had a clear idea of the career path they wished to follow and others were still unsure.

“They asked lots of questions and we were pleased to be able to provide them with the information they needed and suggest suitable roles to consider.

“The students were able to make relevant contacts and identified opportunities of work experience in the appropriate settings within the community.

“Feedback from the students was really positive and we are looking forward to holding more events and working with the college.”

Laurissa Morrison, Sixth Form tutor, added: “The students have been talking about how much they enjoyed the event and they are looking forward to new work experience opportunities.”

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