East Cheshire NHS Trust was delighted to welcome 12 local students recently to their first ‘Work Experience Week’. The idea behind this opportunity was to enable a number of students into the Trust to meet with a wide variety of employees from a range of occupations, in order to give a broader view of the different careers within the NHS.
The week included hands-on activities such as blood taking, attending simulation and learning about the importance of hand washing. The students also had talks from colleagues in pharmacy, Theatres,, finance, ICU, the CCG, North West Ambulance Service, HR, Procurement, Library Services, Pain service, Respiratory service, Governance and Information. Both the Chief Executive and the Clinical Director for Planned Care at the Trust also took time out of their day to come for an informal chat. The students were introduced to the importance of the 6 C’s and values and behaviours and the week culminated in each student presenting on their preferred career choice.
One student commented: “I'd like to thank you and everyone else who took their time to talk to us and give us their perspective of their career and working within the NHS. It has most definitely broadened my opinion on the roles in the NHS and it has provided me with an insight of my potential future. I gathered an incredible amount of information from a lot of inspiring people and I would feel privileged to be a part of your team in the future.”.