A group of four students found out more about healthcare in Cumbria during a Dream Placement.
Molly from Milnthorpe, Georgia from Ulverston, Alexandra from Carlisle and Will from Cockermouth spent a week learning about leadership and career opportunities with the Better Care Together Careers and Engagement hub as part of a Dream Placement initiative.
The teenagers were shortlisted from more than 200 applicants in the Dream Placement 2017 competition organised by the Centre for Leadership Performance.
During the week, the students took part in a range of activities including learning about the patient journey through the mental health system within University Hospitals Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust and looking at patient pathways within Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.
Alexandra Cambell, a sixth form student from Carlisle, said: “This has been better than any work experience I have ever done. I never realised how many different aspects there are to the NHS. It’s been great finding out about all of the ongoing developments."
David Wilkinson, Director of Workforce and OD at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust, added: “The NHS offers a wealth of career options and we need to continually review the way that we reach out to the next generation of healthcare workers.
“The Dream Placement initiative has been a really innovative way of doing this, ensuring that locally grown talent is provided with opportunities for the future.
“I know that Molly, Georgia, Alexandra and Will have thoroughly enjoyed their time with us and the rest of the Bay Health and Care Partners, giving them an invaluable insight into future careers in the health sector.”
Choose Cumbria is pleased to support the Dream Placement initiative to encourage young people in Cumbria to find exciting and inspiring careers, with long-term prospects, in the county.