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A dynamic collaboration between Pembrokeshire College, Hywel Dda Health Board and Swansea University has seen the launch of an exciting opportunity for 16 – 18 year-olds wanting to carve out careers within the NHS commencing September 2017.
Did you know that Hywel Dda Health Board employs, around 10,000 staff across over 300 different job roles and career pathways? The sector is one of significant growth for the region due to a rapidly aging population and a demographic profile, which has a greater number of older people than anywhere else in the UK. (Source: RLSP June 2017)
Destination NHS, a More Able & Talented programme, is an added value careers initiative that will run alongside the Extended Diploma in Health & Social Care and Health Science routes at Pembrokeshire College. “The aim of Destination NHS is to develop health professionals from our local population, and raise awareness of career opportunities within the NHS in general. This is not just clinical and health-related job roles, but everything from porters, maintenance, lab technicians, therapies, “-ologies”eg psychology as well as housekeeping, health care support workers s, nurses, doctors and also paramedics,” said Angie Oliver, Assistant Director of Organisational Development at Hywel Dda.
As a careers-led addition, Destination NHS will be welcomed by both the employer and learner; it offers job and university applicants the opportunity for their CVs and personal statements to rise to the top of the recruitment pile.
Destination NHS offers learners 100 hours work experience within a specified area; these could be clinical such as Paediatric Physiotherapy, Radiology, Speech Therapy, Health Informatics, Exercise Physiology, Psychology or non-clinical such as finance, and workforce related areas. In addition, learners will have the opportunity to attend 10 Masterclasses delivered either at Pembrokeshire College, Withybush Hospital or Swansea University by NHS professionals. University visits will include practical and simulation sessions in their clinical suites, giving learners a real taste of their chosen profession and of university life.
During the second year of the Extended Diploma learners will work on a health project, which will earn UCAS points and contribute to their university applications, whilst being mentored by both Swansea University and Hywel Dda
“I came to the launch presentation thinking that the NHS was just about nursing. Much to my surprise and excitement, it covers so many areas including disability, which is what I am interested in. I’ll definitely be applying for a place on the Destination NHS scheme at Pembrokeshire College,” Maya Harris, Castle School.
Students enrolling on a health-related Extended Diploma will be selected for interview to join Destination NHS. If you would like to know more about this exciting collaboration, please email Jane Quinton – firstname.lastname@example.org