Dramatic introduction to life in the NHS

Issue date: 07 July 2005


Issue date: 07/07/05

Working for the NHS is not just for ‘Doctors and Nurses’. To prove the point, Aimhigher Southwest is using drama to show the range of career paths available through the NHS – from Phlebotomists and Radiographers to Engineers and Gardeners.

Through the play ‘The NHS and You’, performed by Impact Productions, pupils in years 9 and 10 at schools across the South West will learn through entertainment about the appeal of a career in the NHS.

This stimulating, engaging and motivational presentation uses different characters and scenarios to portray various aspects of life in the NHS. Using a mix of highly entertaining and comical situations, with more serious, hard-hitting scenes, pupils will be shown the great career choices available with Europe’s largest employer and help to dispel some of the myths associated with the NHS as a career choice with real prospects.

“This is a fun and thought-provoking show designed to turn young people on to the NHS, helping them to realise their dreams, raising their aspirations and inspiring them to succeed,” said Shelley Rider. “The play is funny, entertaining and, we hope, will generate interest in the NHS. Aimhigher will work with schools following the play to devise a set of activities that will support young people to their chosen career path within healthcare. It’s about information, choice and opportunity - the opportunity to work in the NHS and the opportunity to train and develop high level skills at university.”

The play will be shown to pupils aged 14+. An accompanying teachers pack will be left with each school to use as a resource guide to the NHS. Over the next few weeks schools around the South West region will be hosting the production including Brislington School, Hartcliffe School and Speedwell Technical College in Bristol; Hayesfield School in Bath; Sir Bernard's Lovell School in South Gloucestershire; Ashdown School, Glenmoor School, Wey Valley School, Carter Community Sports and Purbeck School in Dorset; and Holyrood School in Somerest.

Aimhigher works across the South West to raise the profile of the NHS – the South West Region needs 145,000 workers in health over the next 10 years, so there are numerous opportunities for young people and adults to follow their chosen career path.

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Editor’s notes


Photo Opportunity

1. Bristol/Bath A photo opportunity of the production at Hayesfield Lower School (Brougham Hays) is available on 11 July at 10.00 and Brislington School on 11 July at 13.30. Please contact Alison Swales (07813 717911), Aimhigher Healthcare Co-ordinator to arrange, for more information

2. Dorset/South Somerset/South Wiltshire A photo opportunity of the production at The Bishop of Winchester School is available on 15 July at 10.00. Please contact Stella Lees (01202 962799), Aimhigher Coordinator for Schools and Colleges, for more information

3. Background The Government has set a target that by the year 2010, 50 per cent of those aged between 18 and 30 should have the opportunity to benefit from higher education. Aimhigher is a national programme that aims to widen participation in higher education by raising the aspirations and developing the abilities of young people from under-represented groups.

4. ImpAct on Learning is a dramatic communications company with over 10 years experience in delivering educational messages within schools across the country. ImpAct’s highly memorable performances are delivered using a mixture of current pop music and impressions of well-known personalities.

5. NHSU (National Health Service University) has been working through key national and local partnerships to create learning opportunities for those entering the NHS or healthcare employment for the first time, for those returning to work in health after a period occupied elsewhere and for those already working in the service.

Contact details
For more information, photography of the launch or student success stories, contact:
Shelley Rider, Aimhigher Healthcare Regional Coordinator
E: shelley.rider@uwe.ac.uk
T: 0117 3283876

More information about Aimhigher South West Healthcare can be found on our website at http://www.uwe.ac.uk/widen/health.htm

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