Local NHS supports school children to learn about careers in the health service
04 January 2019

Local NHS supports school children to learn about careers in the health service

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust (SCFT), working in partnership with Health Education England and Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust, held a series of Skills Clubs, designed to engage Year 9 students in identifying and exploring the different careers that are available in the NHS.

The clubs have helped to develop students’ awareness of how a career in the NHS supports people. They have provided students with an insight in to the key issues that affect the health and social care needs of our population, and how working in the NHS can benefit local communities and help people maintain good health and wellbeing.

Students attended the after-school Skills Club for six weeks at Brighton General Hospital. The sessions included values and behaviours, basic life support, infection control and handwashing, and an introduction to lots of different professions including community nursing, children’s services and mental health.

The clubs provide students the opportunity to increase their confidence and skills in supporting them with future employment, increase their health and wellbeing knowledge and to progress onto Traineeships and Apprenticeships in the NHS.

Below are just some of the examples students said why they joined a Skills Club:

‘’To get more information about careers in medicine and it sounded like fun.’’

‘’I aspire to be a paediatric nurse. I feel like this opportunity will give me more of an insight as to what a career in the NHS is like and to get a better understanding of all the different careers that are involved within the NHS.’’

“I did this course because I want to become a doctor.’’

"I want to be a paediatric physiotherapist and I want to keep my options open.’’

"I decided to come on this course because I want to become a midwife and by the time I’ve completed it I would like to know how to deal with babies.’’

“I chose this course because I’m interested in what happens in hospitals.’’

“It is useful to learn and good to put on my CV.’’

More information about Skills Clubs

Skills Clubs were designed as an innovative, voluntary after-school initiative run in partnership between National Skills Academy (NSAH), NHS Trusts and local schools across the Kent, Surrey and Sussex area, to provide an opportunity for Year 9 students to engage with a vocational taster programme.

Funded by Health Education England (HEE), the National Skills Academy for Health (NSAH) were commissioned to deliver a programme supportive of the Talent for Care (Get In), Widening Participation, and Schools Engagement agendas.