Perceptions of Nursing and Midwifery

Healthcare Professions Conference

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Diane Last
Diane Last | 10 months ago | in Ambassadors' Resources

We hold a conference once a year for 6th form students who are interested in a career in healthcare.  It is multi-professional and consists of keynote speakers, workshops, clinical skills activities, a tour of the organisation, opportunities to speak to students and an marketplace event where students can speak to staff, colleges and universities to gain further information.  The conference is held during school hours and lasts all day.  Feedback is excellent and we have already had places booked for the event in November 2018.

Jean Hayles 10 months ago

This sounds like a brilliant idea. I've been to local careers fayres in a number of previous roles and the NHS stand was always the most popular stand with lots of the young people looking to become nurses. We need to start this earlier though I think with Primary School children, getting them to see working as a nurse or midwife as a real aspiration and a positive career choice, changing their perceptions of what a nurse is and does and getting them enthused about the prospect of being a nurse / midwife!

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Neil Tomlin 10 months ago

Looking forward to catching up with you Jean and hearing more.

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juliet anderson 10 months ago

this sounds like an excellent idea, where and when is it and how can we let our local schools know about it.

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Diane Last 10 months ago

We are in Suffolk and hold this in November. Very happy to share out template if others are interested in hosting their own events

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Neil Tomlin 10 months ago

This must be a great opportunity to hear the views of this group - however by the 6th form many will have already made up their minds and possibly discounted healthcare. Positive role modelling and examples of how skilled healthcare works (and its many rewards) are needed much earlier and perhaps this can be explored at the ambassador conference?

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Diane Last 10 months ago

I completely agree and this is held alongside other events that we do for schools at a younger age. It is definitely a case of interaction at all opportunities

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