The fourth, now annual, event is going online to make sure it can still provide the advice and inspiration for more people to launch their careers in health and care during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Hosted by the NHS Lincolnshire Talent Academy, the free event is open to everyone, not just university or school students.
As in previous years, there will be a wide range of careers represented, offering an opportunity for anyone considering a career in health and care to register, logon online and find out more. Sessions will run on Saturday December 5 and Sunday December 6 and a full itinerary is available here: https://www.lincstalentacademy.org.uk/event/insight-into-health-care-careers-virtual-event-5th-6th-december-2020/
Claire Flavell, Strategic Lead for the Lincolnshire Talent Academy said: “This year’s event is going to be a bit different to previous years, but we will have speakers from areas including nursing, medicine, mental health and wellbeing, social care, healthcare science, allied health professionals, the ambulance service, pharmacy, dentistry, business support services and estates and domestic services.
“It’s a tremendous opportunity for everyone to learn more about the various careers in health and care and the opportunities that are available for the people of Lincolnshire. It is ideal for students, those considering a change in career, as well as those wanting to return to health and social care.”
For more information and to register the web address above.
Meanwhile, a new recruitment drive has been launched by NHS England and NHS Improvement across the Midlands that aims to encourage those who have been inspired to join the NHS during 2020 to find out more.
The We are the NHS campaign aims to increase applications for both undergraduate and postgraduate courses and direct entry roles, seeking to build upon the existing 1.2 million-strong workforce nationwide, as well as to shine a light on the incredible work they do.
The campaign will share real stories from nurses, allied health professionals and healthcare support workers who are proud of their careers in the NHS.
The professionalism and dedication that NHS staff have shown throughout the pandemic has generated significant interest in joining the service, while the demands of contending with coronavirus while keeping other services running means recruitment has never been more crucial.
Siobhan Heafield, the Regional Chief Nurse for NHS England and NHS Improvement in the Midlands, said: “Our hardworking NHS staff have been working tirelessly throughout what has been an incredibly challenging year for the whole country – and the work of the NHS and its people has arguably never been more important.
“The ‘We are the NHS’ campaign offers a fantastic opportunity for all those who have been inspired by the vital work of our nurses, midwives, paramedics and other health care workers to explore what a career in the NHS might have in store for them.
“We are looking for talented people in a range of roles, regardless of whether they’re looking for their first job or wanting to kick-start their career.
“A career in the NHS is an incredibly rewarding one which will see you do things that you may never have thought you were capable of and I would encourage anyone who is interested to get online and search ‘NHS Careers’ to find out more.”
Professor Mark Radford, Chief Nurse at Health Education England, said: “I’m exceptionally proud of being a nurse and am thrilled that so many others feel the same way; in 2020 we’ve had a quite phenomenal number of applications onto registered nursing programmes.
“Growing the healthcare workforce is key to ensuring patients and the public have high-quality, safe care. Showcasing the inspiring nurses, allied health professionals and healthcare support workers who feature in this campaign will mean that the very best people continue to be attracted to these important roles.”
Nurses can specialise in a variety of areas, with responsibilities ranging from the performance of some procedures to the development of treatment plans for patients.
An equally broad range of roles are available within allied health professional specialisms, including podiatrists, dieticians, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, prosthetists and speech and language therapists.
Nursing Associates and Health Care Support Worker roles also provide a vital contribution, with career opportunities also available in these fields. They provide a provide a vital role in ensuring patients receive the best possible care while feeling comfortable, dignified and supported.
Search ‘NHS Careers’ or visit www.healthcareers.nhs.uk for more information and to find out more about the nursing, allied health professionals, and healthcare support worker roles available within the NHS.