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Go Higher in Healthcare – Meet the Professionals

Students from Bradford Academy had a chance to “meet the professionals” in a variety of Health Care careers at the Go Higher in Healthcare event held at The University of Leeds on Wednesday 6th June.

Year 12 students with a keen interest in pursuing a career in Healthcare were joined by Year 10 students, many of whom are still trying to decide what their next steps may be, at an informative and engaging event.

The day began with a discussion of what each individual’s priorities in life are, and how it is vital to ensure that your chosen career supports this.

Students were then divided into smaller groups where they had the chance to speak directly to students and professions in different areas in a “speed dating” style fair. Students moved table to table learning about entry requirements, career prospects and day-to-day work from representatives from medicine, dentistry, radiography, nursing, sports science, physiotherapy, midwifery, pharmacy, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, audiology and ODPs. This relaxed and intimate setting gave students an opportunity to ask questions and really understand what is involved in each of the different lines of work.

Students found the day informative, with many students were surprised by how many options are available to them. Students now have the opportunity to apply for work experience through ‘Go Higher in healthcare’ which will be vital for Post-16 students in securing university places.

Post-16 Student Manraj said “Thank you for organising the trip today- it was very informative and I learned about careers that I didn’t even know existed!”

Catherine Garbutt

NCOP Higher Education progression Officer, Bradford Academy


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What the students say...

Mubashir, Yr 13

“It was a great opportunity doing the work experience in BRI. It gave me an insight into the roles and responsibilities of some of the healthcare professionals that may work in the NHS.”

Aneeka, Yr13

“My work experience in the GP practice has helped me to gain transferable skills which will help me in the future, as well as being able to have hands on experience in learning different things - one of them would be on how to take a patient blood pressure which was an interesting experience to encounter.”

Raheesa, Yr13

“I enjoyed having a first hand on experience into what it’s like on the wards. I was surprised at the work load that nurses had and the responsibilities they had. Advice: make the most of it by asking questions to the professionals about how they got to that position.”

Lochana, Yr13

“It was very educational and insightful within the field of healthcare. It allowed me to further solidify my passion in healthcare careers and I feel more confident in applying to the course at Uni. The staff at the GP surgery were very helpful and they were happy to let me do different activities. I really enjoyed it.”