Students from across the city are being welcomed to the Nottingham Urgent Care Centre, operated by Nottingham CityCare Partnership, for an exclusive insight into careers in the healthcare sector.
Launched last week (6 February), Year 10 students from schools across the city will be welcomed to the centre. Based at Seaton House in London Road, 38 pupils will visit over the next six months as part of the work experience programme, many of whom will form part of the next generation of healthcare professionals.
Fatma and Seval Ozsu, 14, from Fernwood School, are amongst the first to trial this scheme and have spent a week working through a rotational programme with centre staff.
The twins, who are both aspiring brain surgeons, have had the opportunity to engage practically with health assessment during the week, something often only reserved for qualified medical staff.
Supervised by senior members of the UCC team, the students took part in routine checks, from taking patients’ blood pressure to measuring heart rates, as well as observing an in-ear examination.
Speaking of her placement, Fatma said: “The placement was absolutely great. I have learnt how each person had an important role to take and without them, how difficult it would be to complete a day of work within the UCC.
Even the smallest jobs have significant impact in how the work flows. I have also gained a lot of skills such as communication. Thank you again ever so much, I will never forget my week for all of my life.”
Seval added: “The UCC is a great place to gain skills and learn new things. This placement was great, educational and mostly fun. I totally loved it. It was wonderful and I can’t imagine going somewhere else for work experience placement.”
Speaking of the programme, Jim Quinn, clinical manager at the Urgent Care Centre said: “One of the primary purposes of these work experience opportunities is to show these young people the range of roles available in the UCC beyond doctors and nurses and to expose them to the variety of skills and responsibilities needed, for example, by a medical receptionist.
These are vital members of our team and the role could be well suited for one of our visiting students, leading to a fruitful career they may not have previously considered.
“It’s no secret that the primary care sector is struggling to fill an ever-growing gap for talented and caring young professionals to join the industry. As is the case for nursing, the number of practitioners we are training decreased by 19% in 2015 compared to a decade earlier.
Through work experience opportunities such as these, young people in Nottingham are offered unrivalled access behind-the-scenes at the UCC and what our clinical and non-clinical staff are tasked with on a day-to-day basis.”
The students on the programme have the opportunity to familiarise themselves with both clinical and non-clinical roles at the centre, including administration, nursing and healthcare support, in addition to the work that goes into making the centre operate effectively on a daily basis.
Jim added: “It is our aim, through these work experience and training opportunities that we help to inspire the next generation of healthcare professionals to pursue careers in the sector, from doctors and nurses to key support workers including medical receptionists and administrators. We hope the students have enjoyed their time working with us and have come away with newfound knowledge and are enthused by their career aspirations in healthcare.”