In a bid to boost recruitment for the next generation of NHS staff, health and education organisations from across Hull and East Yorkshire have come together to produce ‘A Day in the Life of the NHS’ for the third year in a row. A Day in the Life of the NHS is an innovative and interactive event for local students to find out what it is like to work in the NHS, and to learn about the wide range of careers available.
Following the success of 2015 and 2016, this year A Day in the Life of the NHS is set to be the biggest to date and will for the first time take place over two days, with 130 year 8 students from six different schools expected to take part.
Students will enjoy a number of different scenarios and activities throughout the day, learning about the jobs and careers in each scenario and how to achieve these. Scenarios will include donning scrubs and stepping inside a simulated operating theatre, following the rehabilitation of a complicated leg break, learning about the different roles of prison health services and looking at how people are affected by mental health at different ages.
Paula South, Director of Quality & Integrated Governance / Executive Nurse for NHS East Riding of Yorkshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said:
“We regularly read and hear about staff shortages in the NHS, both locally and nationally and it is becoming increasingly important to look at how we can help our workforce of the future. A Day in the Life of the NHS has become a fantastic opportunity for local students to find out what it could be like to work for the NHS and to discover that there are many more roles than just doctors and nurses.
“From the feedback we received last year most of the students said after A Day in the Life of the NHS they were more interested in a career in the NHS, and around half had seen a career that they would really like to pursue. This is amazing feedback that we need to continue to build on to ignite the interest of our future generation of NHS staff.”
Simon Nearney, Director of Workforce at Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust said:
“We’re looking to inspire and excite the next generation of healthcare professionals, so what better way to do this than to throw our doors open and show young people what the NHS is all about?
“Previous events of this kind have been really successful in demonstrating that the NHS doesn’t just employ doctors and nurses and that, in fact, it takes many different types of role to keep our patients well and our hospitals ticking over.
“What’s important to us is that we attract, train and recruit the right people to look after our growing population, across all of those roles, and in return, the NHS can offer a very successful and rewarding career.”
Sarah Smyth, Director of Quality and Clinical Governance / Executive Nurse with NHS Hull CCG, said:
“We’re always looking to inspire the next generation of healthcare professionals and promote careers with the NHS. ‘A Day in the Life’ lets us draw back the curtain, revealing the amazing work that goes on within the NHS each and every day. We hope that the children and young people attending will learn more about the brilliant opportunities and achievements a career in healthcare can offer.”
Elaine Nisbet, Director of People and Engagement at City Health Care Partnership CIC said:
“This event has grown and developed over the past three years and we are delighted to have been part of it. Running it over two days will give even more young people the opportunity to find out about the huge variety of careers and roles on offer in the NHS and help to nurture and retain young talent in our area.”
Professor Julie Jomeen, Dean of the Faculty of Heath Sciences, at the University of Hull, said:
“A hands-on operating theatre experience is just one of the ways that the University of Hull will highlight the different career paths available to students at A Day in the Life of the NHS – which is a valuable event for Year 8 pupils. We are delighted to be working alongside the NHS Trusts and Clinical Commissioning Groups from our region to help inspire the next generation of potential health students and address the skills shortage in the NHS.
“By showcasing the range of roles – including operating department practitioners, nurses, healthcare assistants, surgeons, anaesthetists – we will help students consider their futures working for the NHS and how they can make their goals a reality through further study, whether by traditional access or the newer apprenticeship routes available in the University.
“The University of Hull is committed to improving the health of people in the region. By training outstanding graduates that are fully prepared for clinical practice, we are helping to shape the healthcare workforce of the future by supporting our hospitals and communities to provide healthcare of the highest standards.
“We are extremely proud that 100% of our nursing, midwifery and medical graduates are in employment or further education within 6 months for three consecutive years – so as well as it being a rewarding career choice there are exceptional employment opportunities too.”
Gemma Holden, Training and Development Facilitator, at Humber NHS Foundation Trust said:
“We are looking forward to being involved in the Day in the Life of the NHS event and showcasing the broad range of careers available within Mental Health. When students visit our scenario they will be informed about the number of different mental health conditions which affect people and at what stage of life this may happen.
We will focus on young people under the age of 18, working age adults and the older adult and explore the treatment options available as well as who may be involved in their care.
We hope this day will provide a valuable insight into mental health and the versatility a career in this area can offer."