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1,000 school students set to become tomorrow’s NHS heroes

Over 1,000 school students from east London are set to take the first steps in NHS careers in healthcare and health sciences, thanks to the launch of an exciting new programme.

Run by Barts Health NHS Trust and Barts Charity, supported by JPMorgan Chase Foundation, Healthcare Horizons will enable students to learn more about different health professions, access higher education and secure employment within the NHS.

In what is believed to be the biggest scheme of this kind, the programme intends to increase awareness of the wide range of health careers and support young people to gain the necessary knowledge and experience to provide care to their communities as a healthcare professional.

Over 1,000 school and college students from over 20 schools in the boroughs of Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest, Newham and Hackney will participate in a variety of initiatives tailored to their age. The programme includes a raft of support to give young people a taster of stepping into the shoes of healthcare workers:

  • Secondary school students will have access to career awareness sessions, hands on events and work experience placements.
  • Teenagers will be able to immerse themselves in how an operating theatre works in the cutting edge simulation suite at The Royal London Hospital.
  • Direct support and advice will be offered for students completing applications for university.
  • Bespoke support including motivational training, interview skills development and regular events showcasing the range of available opportunities will help young people to get straight into work.

Mehwish Iqbal, 17 from Waltham Forest, believes it’s vital to showcase the range of careers available in the NHS. She secured an apprenticeship at Barts Health NHS Trust in 2018 after completing a work experience placement at The Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel and a pre-employment training programme at the Trust. The 18 month programme allows her to combine study and work at the same time, graduating with a Level Three Qualification in Business Administration.

Mehwish said: I didn’t realise that there were so many different types of roles available in the NHS. At Barts Health I’m always learning new life skills, and I think having exposure to real life situations will make it easier for me to secure jobs in the long run.”

The Healthcare Horizons programme officially launched today, 23 January, with partners from the health and education sector gathering to celebrate the life-changing opportunities that the programme will provide. An expert panel discussed the benefits of encouraging young people to pursue careers in healthcare, and how the programme will boost recruitment, helping the NHS thrive.

Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, fully supports the Healthcare Horizons Programme: Our capital is full of talented and motivated young people, and I’m determined that Londoners from all backgrounds are able to access the wealth of career opportunities available in our city. I’m delighted to support the Healthcare Horizons programme, which will make a real difference in helping young Londoners gain the skills and practical experiences to help them access the wide range of rewarding jobs available in London’s healthcare sector.”

Andrew Attfield, Associate Director of Public Health at Barts Health NHS Trust said: “The NHS is the largest employer in Britain. There are so many career pathways available from clinical nursing or medicine, to supporting roles in estates, finance, IT or HR plus many more. We are extremely grateful for the support provided by Barts Charity and JP Morgan Chase Foundation. Together, we will help young people secure their dream job and build a bright ambitious future for our NHS.”

Francesca Gliubich, Director of Grants at Barts Charity said: “By enabling the young people taking part in this initiative to discover the rewarding opportunities that are available to them in their local community, we are confident of the positive impact this three year initiative will have across the Barts Health Trust. We are excited to be supporting the next generation of healthcare professionals.”

Hang Ho, head of the JPMorgan Chase Foundation for EMEA and LatAm is delighted to help launch the Healthcare Horizons Programme:  “Young People in East London, regardless of their starting point in life and the barriers they may have faced, should be supported to embark on good quality professional careers with real prospects for the future. As a firm with strong ties to east London, we’re committed to ensuring that the area’s growth and prosperity is felt by all sections of the community. We believe this partnership with Barts Health will unlock opportunities for many young people to access quality jobs in the health sector”

Supporting local people to embark on careers in the NHS is a key component of Barts Health’s people strategy. By growing the workforce of the future, the Trust believes it can improve the health of the local population and help combat staffing challenges.

To find out more about the opportunities at Barts Health NHS Trust visit our website

Students in east London wishing to get involved should speak to their school career advisors.

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  1. Geraldine Mclay Wednesday, 23 January 2019 at 03:02 PM

    Would be good if students from schools from outside these boroughs could also be included, they are just as much in need of experience for health service related careers and they do not have the local hospitals able to do this. For example some schools in Redbridge are much closer to Whipps cross than some Waltham Forest schools.

  2. SHOUVIK DATTA Thursday, 24 January 2019 at 09:43 AM

    How will JP Morgan help young people who go into healthcare. Will JP Morgan pay for the bursaries of trainee nurses and doctors at St Bartholomews NHS Trust?

  3. Agnieszka Wrobel Monday, 28 January 2019 at 11:07 AM

    Dear Datta,
    Could you please provide me with your email address and I will respond to you directly as I have already done for Geraldine comment.

  4. Agnieszka Wrobel Monday, 28 January 2019 at 11:08 AM

    Barts Health Charity and JP Morgan has been extremely generous for funding this project and without their support the Trust would not have the capacity and resources to run such activities.

  5. Sangeeta Tummala Friday, 1 February 2019 at 01:40 PM

    Dear Aga (Agnieszka)
    So proud of you and the work being done via Public Health Team.
    Nurturing talent and providing hope of a career in healthcare sector ,at a young age is indeed a great achievement for the team and the Trust as well.
    Well done!