More than 100 would-be doctors, nurses and healthcare workers had an insight into working at one of the country’s top NHS hospitals this week.
Sixth form students from local colleges in Hampshire and Surrey took part in a ‘Taste of Frimley’ careers evening at Frimley Park Hospital.
They were welcomed by Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust chief executive Sir Andrew Morris. He told students that while they were unlikely to make a fortune working for the the NHS, it was hard to beat for job satisfaction and personal development.
In a show of hands, most of the 110 students said they were interested in being either a doctor, nurse or midwife, but there were also a number interested in becoming scientists, radiologists and other vital NHS roles.
After hearing from a consultant surgeon and a nurse about careers in NHS hospitals, they broke out into group sessions on keyhole surgery, midwifery, resuscitation and physiotherapy and were shown the hospital's laboratories, automated pharmacy and simulation training suite.
The Taste of Frimley evenings have been run annually by the hospital since 2007. Membership manager Sarah Waldron, who organises the events said: “We all really look forward to the Taste of Frimley events each year. It is wonderful to welcome so many keen youngsters and to give them a better understanding of what caring for people really means.
“The students tell us that they find the events really inspiring and I know of at least one who attended Taste of Frimley in 2008 who is now studying to be a doctor at Southampton.”
Frimley Park Hospital was the first in the country to be rated as ‘outstanding’ by inspectors from the Care Quality Commission.
Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Frimley Park Hospital, is planning to run an additional similar event at Wexham Park Hospital in Slough, which it also manages.