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Teenagers given glimpse of 300 hospital careers in Harlow

Fifty young people had an insight into work in a busy hospital, with some hands-on activity, advice and information from clinicians and other staff.

Resus demo with student

The students from Leventhorpe School, Epping Forest College and Hertford Regional College were attending a special event at Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow, which showcased some of the 300 possible careers and job roles available in the NHS, from theatre and surgical practitioners to physiotherapists, midwives and support staff.

Entitled 'PAHT 300 Your Future Career', the event was part of a recruitment day organised by Princess Alexandra Hospital Trust (PAHT) which aimed to give young people an insight into the different types of employment opportunities available within the trust and wider NHS and raise awareness of the range of possible entry routes and qualifications required.

One student who attended the event commented: " I learnt a lot from the day, particularly the workshop with equipment which allowed us to experience what a person with dementia sees and how they feel, and also learning chest compressions (CPR) to use in an emergency ."

Resus demo

Anthony Heard, Associate Sterile Service Manager (Quality), who ran a workshop at the event, said: "The students showed a lot of interest in the department and the possible careers within sterile services and how this could lead to working within theatres. The students took great interest in the instruments and were inquisitive of what the instruments were used for."

Hannah Anderson, Head of Clinical Coding, added: "It was heartening to see eager young individuals wanting to learn more about careers in the NHS. As a workshop leader in clinical coding, which is a non-clinical role, it was a great opportunity for me to showcase roles that are undertaken, that are not clinical and it gave me the ability to share the career pathways that are available."