Over 40 students take part in Trust’s first work experience week

Over 40 students from 26 schools and colleges across Central Bedfordshire, East Hertfordshire, Hertsmere, North Hertfordshire, South Cambridgeshire, Stevenage, Welwyn  Hatfield spent a week (27 June to 1 July) at the Lister hospital in Stevenage gaining invaluable work experience. All the students involved, all of whom are interested in pursuing a career as a healthcare professional, joined the Trust’s first such work experience programme that it intends to hold annually.

Work experience students

During the week, each of the students was offered a range of fully supervised opportunities, including activities in theatres, radiology, maternity, neonatal, pharmacy and renal medicine, as well as in such support services as medical records and information management and technology. The initial feedback from students and the hosting service teams alike was very positive. The highlight for many of the students was the opportunity to shadow junior doctors for a half-day across a range of medical and surgical specialties.

Tom Simons, the Trust’s director of workforce and organisation development, said:

“It has been an inspiring week for all involved. We know how important it is to attract young people to be proud of their local NHS and want to come and work for us. It was heartening to see so many young people excited at the opportunity of seeing what our amazing staff do, as well as wanting to develop their own careers with us in the NHS.”

David Brewer, the Trust’s head of engagement, commented:

“Some weeks ago, we contacted the Trust’s young public members offering them a chance to apply for a place on this year’s programme; we also had some pupils approach us via Youth Connexions. In the end we had over forty young people take up an offer of joining the Trust’s 2016 work experience week. Our aim is to make this an annual event and to see the numbers swell to fill 100 places over time.”