Success at Healthcare Science Week Event

15th March 2024

Students from over 30 schools and colleges across Norfolk and Waveney joined a recent Healthcare Science Week event to explore career opportunities in healthcare science.

From physiological sciences like audiology, to physical sciences such biomedical engineering, attendees had the chance to delve into various disciplines and learn about potential career paths at the event held at the Forum in Norwich.

Additionally, guidance was also provided on entry-level support roles, including the National Undergraduate Training Scheme, graduate training positions, vocational work-based learning, and postgraduate training schemes. Expert advice on interview preparation was also on offer to equip individuals with the necessary tools to pursue careers within the NHS.

This impactful event was made possible through collaboration between NHS Norfolk and Waveney, Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, James Paget University Hospital, and The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn.

Speaking ahead of the event, Dr. Frankie Swords, Executive Medical Director for NHS Norfolk and Waveney, said: “The NHS needs to ensure it has a skilled workforce that can deliver high-quality patient care in the future and these campaigns effectively provide opportunities to people who are considering a career in healthcare.”

The event not only offered valuable insights into healthcare science careers but also highlighted the rewarding and secure nature of working within the NHS. Students aged 14 – 19 were particularly encouraged to attend, with participating professionals noting the students’ engagement and enthusiasm were inspiring.

Nicola Abel, Transformation Programme Manager for Diagnostics at Norfolk and Waveney Integrated Care Board reflected: ““The event was truly fantastic which saw many local health and care colleagues promoting the wonderful work that is done daily to help improve lives.  This event resulted in around 450 students having direct access to professionals providing them with opportunities to ask questions, undertake interactive tasks and understand how they too can work towards becoming Healthcare Scientists in the future.

We had a lot of interest in roles and received some great feedback which has been very positive. It’s been a fantastic experience to be a part of, to know that we will have met some future Norfolk and Waveney healthcare colleagues.”

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