Steps to Success is an ambitious project to support awareness of mental health and wellbeing and to raise aspiration and awareness of Higher Education, with a view to achieving a career in health and care.
The project is sponsored by local NCOP organisations Higher Horizons + and Shaping Futures.
The 3 STEPS are:
STEP 1 (for students in years 10 – 13) - school assemblies bringing either a patient with lived mental health experience or a health professional to the school for an informal and interactive presentation.
STEP 2 (for students in years 9-10) – widening participation. This is a full day of hands on workshops and a marketplace.
STEP 3 - This is the Young mental well-being ambassadors’ day (for year 12) in combination with a 3 months e-mentoring programme (when they start year 13 in September).
After delivering 15 assemblies (STEP 1), we were really delighted to invite Wirral school to attend a pilot event kindly hosted by Wirral Metropolitan College on 17th July 2018 and share our passion for NHS careers.
The pilot event welcomed 76 young people from two local high schools who had expressed an interest in finding out a bit more about careers in health and care.
During the day students experienced hands on clinical skills but also learnt about the 350+ different careers.
A key element of the day was mental well-being with very well received workshop delivered by Wirral Community NHS Trust and Active Cheshire.
Many thanks to all the partner who took part in the career market place: NHS 100,000 genomes project, DWP Schools support, Liverpool John Moore University, Wirral Met College, Wirral University Teaching Hospital, East Cheshire NHS Trust and Peaches the hearing dog,
Some quotes from the teachers attending:
"The day provided the students with a lot of information on different careers within the NHS in a fun and informative manner. The students really enjoyed the day and said that they had learnt a lot."
"It was great to part of the step to success event to support the students with simple, practical steps that they can use to look after their mental health and well-being."
We found the day invaluable as it taught us many lessons that have informed changes to the format in preparation for the next STEP 2 at Halton Hospital on 15th January.