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Work experience programme inspires young people

03 October 2012

A group of 10 young people took part in Chelsea and Westminster Hospital's new work experience programme INSPIRE in August.

Photo: Chief Nurse Thérèse Davis (centre, back row) presents certificates to the INSPIRE students for successfully completing the programme

A group of 10 young people took part in Chelsea and Westminster Hospital's new work experience programme INSPIRE in August.

INSPIRE aims to engage young people from our local community to consider a career in medicine and healthcare.

From 21–24 August the students were given the opportunity to spend a week in the hospital, listening to career talks and observing professionals at work in a range of different areas including surgery, therapy, radiography and nursing.

The group also undertook training around Basic Life Support and participated in a careers workshop to support them with their next steps in education.

Qubekani Moyo, a 17-year-old student, said: "I am thrilled by the prospect of a career in medicine and I wanted to learn more about working in healthcare. The INSPIRE work experience programme gave me a realistic and exciting view of not only medicine but also life in a hospital."

The week was organised in partnership by Libby Wingfield (Volunteer Services and Work Experience Manager) and Staff Governor Maddy Than.

They would like to thank staff who gave up their time to either give career talks or organise observation sessions for the students including Thérèse Davis, Dr Jonathan Handy, Diane Samuels, Emma Low, Meeta Jethwa, Everlee Talactac, Caroline Evans, Heesook Lee, Maureen Fortier, Dr Kevin Haire, Andrea Blay, David Bushby, May Wesley, Anton Ivanic, Neil Bedford, Katie Dawson and Lou Depalo.

For further information about INSPIRE contact Libby Wingfield by emailing libby.wingfield@chelwest.nhs.uk.