Prognosis looks good for Sunderland youngsters

SUNDERLAND pupils will be giving their careers a health check this week (22 November) with a special day dedicated to showing them job options in the NHS.

As part of the Work Discovery Sunderland programme, students from years 8,9,10 and 12 will be able to see at first hand the diverse range of employment options within the health sector.

The event is being held at the University of Sunderland’s Living Lab, following on from a successful similar event held in March.

The Living Lab, which is part of the university’s £5.5m Sciences Complex redevelopment, which will see young people meeting a range of practitioners from health and care agencies currently providing services to the city’s residents.

This will include representatives from a wide range of organisations including medical staff, pharmacy, occupational therapy, radiology and orthoptics.

The day will include the young people from six of the city schools following the journey of “Edith,” an elderly patient who has a regular appointment with the DDOT (delirium and dementia outreach team) following an admission on an orthopaedic ward.

The students will discover that Edith was admitted after a fall at home and is now getting further support to assess her short-term memory problems and other issues.

The Living Lab has a number of authentic settings, including a mock hospital ward and a pharmacy, which make it the perfect location to give the students a realistic experience.

Paul McEldon, co-chair of Work Discovery Sunderland – now in its sixth year – said the health days, led by City Hospitals Sunderland, were a great opportunity for young people to see the wide number of career opportunities in the sector.

“This sector day is always one of the most popular and we are delighted that more schools than ever have taken up the opportunity to take part this time round,” said Paul.

“It’s a real opportunity for young people to find out about the wide variety of roles and occupational areas that exist within sectors such as health and care and really open their eyes to the options available to them.

“It gives them the opportunity to talk to the people who are doing the job every day in a setting that’s as near as they can get to the real thing.”

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