Hospital trust urges students to take part in NHS careers competition

Southampton’s teaching hospitals are backing a nationwide initiative aimed at raising awareness in schools of the job opportunities available throughout the NHS.

In a competition organised by NHS Careers, students aged 12 to 14 will work individually or in groups of up to four to produce a job description, advertisement and CV of the perfect candidate for an NHS job.

The project aims to get local school pupils thinking creatively about careers and the dozens of different roles available across Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust.

Doctors and nurses are supported by a diverse team of staff – from paramedics to speech therapists, physiotherapists to researchers and secretaries to cooks – who help ensure patients receive the best possible care.

Mark Hackett, chief executive of SUHT, said: “The NHS is one of the biggest employers in Southampton and offers a wide range of job opportunities.

“SUHT is committed to ensuring we offer all people with talent the opportunity to work with us. We are aiming to develop them to maximise their potential."

He added: “By supporting the schools competition, we hope to broaden the perception to local students of careers in the NHS and the job opportunities available.

“With over 350 job roles in the NHS, there is an opportunity for everyone to develop a skill set and begin a real career that is both stimulating and makes a difference to patients.”

There are over 500 prizes available, with ten regional winners and one overall national winner, who will receive a state-of-the-art laptop.

To find out more about the competition, please visit www.nhscareers.nhs.uk/schoolscompetition or contact Carol Clark at SUHT at careersupport@suht.swest.nhs.uk. Entries must be received by 29 January 2010.

Posted on Friday 16 October 2009