Young people inspired as ‘Future Heroes’ of the NHS and Social Care

Young people inspired as ‘Future Heroes’ of the NHS and Social Care

More than 700 young people from across Hertfordshire took part in a successful interactive careers event to inspire the next generation of health and social care heroes.

‘Future Heroes’ Health and Social Care Careers Expo took place at the Fielder Centre in Hatfield, on Tuesday 02 April 2019.

Tom Cahill is chief executive officer for Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust and also leads on ensuring that our area has a workforce with the right skills to meet the health and care needs of local people:  Tom said: “It was really encouraging to see so many enthusiastic young people keen to develop a career in health and social care. We need to do everything we can to encourage the next generation to explore the wide range of opportunities available.”

Radica Hardyal, senior midwifery lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire was one of 70 professionals, including nurses, doctors, physiotherapists, social workers and radiologists, on hand to give her experience as a health and social care hero.

Radica said: “I’m very excited to see so many young people, not just women, interested in pursuing a career in midwifery. It’s important to engage with students at this age when they’re making decisions about the subjects they will choose to study.”

Feedback showed a third of young people were interested in training as a nurse or midwife. 13 per cent were considering medical school.  10 per cent wanted to join the ambulance service, with another 10 per cent contemplating a career in social care.

Matt Armitage, year 10 teacher at Townsend Church of England School, St Albans said: “It was a great event for students of all ages. It’s really opened their eyes to the many different career opportunities available.”

Tom, 18, student at The John Henry Newman Catholic School in Stevenage said: “There’s so much variety to careers in health and social care - there were job roles that I’d never heard of before today! I found it really useful to take time to talk with staff, especially the radiologists and paramedics, and hear more about what they do.”

As well as a range of hands-on activities and workshops, students had the opportunity to immerse themselves in a virtual reality experience of living with dementia or autism.

Bethany, 16, a student at The Nobel School, Stevenage said: “I’ve learnt a huge amount about nursing people with learning disabilities – something I wouldn’t have known about without coming to Future Heroes.”

David Tamarro, operational manager from the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust attended Future Heroes with paramedics and emergency medical technician colleagues. David said: “All the young people have been so enthusiastic. This is an important point in young people’s lives, and it’s when we need to inspire and encourage them so they’re able to achieve their future career goals.”

To find out more about working in health or social care in Hertfordshire, visit www.futureheroes.org.uk