Cumbria Health on Call (CHoC) has launched a new programme to give students insight into what it takes to be a doctor.
The two-day programme, which takes place at CHoC’s training centre at Hilltop Heights, Carlisle, is aimed at year 12 and 13 students. It balances helpful advice with real-life work experience, providing a holistic view of what is takes to be a GP.
The young academics will be equipped with tips on how to apply for medical school and have a successful interview, as well as being involved in interactive workshops, including emergency situations and patients in the community.
Day two of the programme allows students to complete a shift with a CHoC clinician, gaining an understanding of what is involved in the role of a GP day-to-day.
Hannah Mason, Executive Director of Operations, said, “we receive a great deal of applications throughout the year from students looking for work placements or help with medical school applications, so we felt a formal programme to support schools in Cumbria would be the best way forward.
“As a social enterprise we are committed to investing in our local community, Helping year 12 and 13 students to understand what life is like as a GP will hopefully mean they will choose to come back to Cumbria as qualified GPs in the future”
Applications can be made via school or colleges. For further details please contact Samantha.Gargett@choc.nhs.uk