[F]our young people spent last week learning about health care across Morecambe Bay.
Better Care Together is one of a number of organisations offering dream placements to 16-18 year olds across Cumbria enabling young people to spend time learning about leadership and career opportunities.
In support of the ‘Dream placement’ initiative the Better Care Together Careers and Engagement hub gave four students- Molly from Milnthorpe; Georgia from Ulverston; Alexandra from Carlisle and Will from Cockermouth- an opportunity to work within the NHS across the Morecambe Bay area during the half term week in February 2017.
The scheme involves a week-long placement where students get the chance to see companies and organisations from the inside and learn about leadership from top management teams. The teenagers were shortlisted from more than 200 applicants to the final stages of the Dream Placement 2017 competition organised by the Centre for Leadership Performance.
Alex Cambell, sixth form student from Carlisle said: “This has been better than any work experience I have ever done. I never realised how many different aspects there are to the NHS. It’s been great finding out about all of the ongoing developments.”
Throughout the week the four students were involved in a variety of activities across the Bay Health and Care Partners including:
- Shadowing the Clinical Assessment Team at Lancaster University’s Medical Centre
- Hearing about the patient journey through the mental health system within University Hospitals Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust
- Looking at patient pathways within Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
- Taking part in ward rounds at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary
- Shadowing a GP during a Cardiac Clinic at Windsor Road Surgery in Garstang
- Meeting Better Care Together Project Managers to discuss cross organisational working and community engagement
- Finding out about careers within the NHS from the Workforce team at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust
- Spending time within the Pathology labs at Furness General Hospital
Molly Bland, sixth form student from Milnthorpe said: “The week has given me the opportunity to meet and work alongside a range of different people within the NHS. They have all been engaging and willing to share both their experience and expertise.”
Now in its fourth year, Dream Placement was born out of conversations with businesses about how to attract and retain talent, how to spotlight what those businesses do, and show young people the breadth of fantastic opportunities for them in the County.
David Wilkinson Director of Workforce and OD, University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust said: “The NHS offers a wealth of career options and we need to continually review the way that we reach out to the next generation of health care workers. The Dream Placement initiative has been a really innovative way of doing this, and in ensuring that locally grown talent is provided with opportunities for the future. I know that Molly, Georgia, Alexandra and Will have thoroughly enjoyed their time with us and the rest of the Bay Health and Care Partners, giving them an invaluable insight into future careers in the health sector.”
Choose Cumbria is backing Dream Placement as part of its support for resilient recruitment and other organisations involved include Cumbria Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, People Decisions, Britain’s Energy Coast Business Cluster, Energus and Carlisle Ambassadors.
To learn more about Dream Placement 2017 visit www.cforlp.org.uk