Residents in Halton Lea are being offered the chance to join an exciting new programme to help them explore career opportunities in the NHS.
With the NHS never more important than now due to COVID-19, Generations Medics and Riverside have joined forces to offer a free online course which will provide information and advice on all aspects of work in the health sector.
With more than 350 different types of roles available, the doctor leading the work says now is the perfect time to join the NHS.
Dr Hinnah Rafique, an NHS England Fellow, University Lecturer and founder of Generation Medics, said “The medical profession has never been more important – just look at the rainbows in windows across Runcorn – so why not join us?
“Working within the NHS is one of the most rewarding things you can do. What better way to spend your life and earn a good living that to help people?
“We’ve designed this programme to help local people access information, advice and opportunities that can help them enter a healthcare career.”
The 12 month course, which is open to all ages, is funded through Riverside’s Community Chest programme, which has made £100,000 available since 2019 to enrich lives and help build stronger communities in the area around Hallwood Park and Palace Fields.
The fund is part of Riverside’s wider £20m regeneration commitment to the area which has already seen a range of community development and clean-up work take place.
Dean Butterworth, Riverside Regional Director for Liverpool City Region, said: “This is a wonderful opportunity and I’m extremely grateful to Generation Medics and Dr Rafique for putting it together.
“Whatever your age, training and ability, there are a huge range of roles and career pathways in the NHS so this is a truly fantastic opportunity and we’re delighted to be able to support it.
Places are limited so sign-up straight away. Read our case study and then visit www.generationmedics.org/riverside for more information and to sign-up.
Emily, wanted to become a nurse.
However, she wasn’t sure how to find out more about being a nurse and what the route to becoming a nurse involved,
She invested a few hours a week to take part in the Aspiring Healthcare Careers programme with Generation Medics. Through this programme she identified her route into nursing through a nursing degree apprenticeship. She is now a year away from being a fully qualified nurse.
Eni, a Year 9 student, wanted to become a doctor and help save lives. The idea of entering the medical field and becoming a successful surgeon excited her. However, like many other aspiring doctors, she didn’t have a clear idea on the journey to achieve her goal.
Through the Aspiring Healthcare Careers programme, Generation Medics have helped welcome her to a community full of like-minded and talented people who are all on a similar journey into healthcare.
Not only is she surrounded by her peers, she is also equipped with the guidance needed to enter the medical profession. For Eni, Generation Medics have provided the guidance she needs to make her feel confident and eager to take this path towards medicine. She has now planned her route into medicine and is using the online programme to learn more about important medical conditions to boost her future application.