This Thursday 15 March, Bridlington Medical Academy is holding an Open Day for students interested in a career within health and Social care. The flourishing initiative, launched last year, was set up to encourage more students to consider a career in health and social care, and meet forecasted skills shortages in local areas.
The Academy is a partnership between East Riding College, Headlands School and professionals in the health and care sector, designed to give students a head start in NHS and social care professions. Partners include Humber NHS Foundation Trust, local GPs surgeries, the University of Hull, East Riding Social Services in addition to representatives from the voluntary and private care sector.
Chair of the Bridlington Partnership Board, Natalie Belt, a Service Manager for Humber NHS Foundation Trust says, “The Medical Academy is a fantastic showcase of key health and social care providers coming together from across the region to grow our own healthcare professionals. Our hope is to educate and inspire students with a passion for this vital sector to invest in their education locally, network with East Riding’s expert services and go onto have exciting careers based here in our region.”
Enrolled students are all pursuing a health and social care qualification at college or school, and have ambitions to work within the sector in professions such as nursing and social work. The Academy offers its students networking opportunities with expert mentors in their field of interest, as well as access to monthly seminars led by health and social care professionals.
Mike Hardman, a GP from Practice 2 in Bridlington who teaches and mentors students at the academy says, “I am delighted with the enthusiasm of our first intake of students in the academy. Their energy and clear determination to succeed in health and social care careers is exactly what we hoped to see and bodes well for their futures. The support we have received from partners such as the university, local trusts and community colleagues has created our success to date. The lord’s feoffees’ financial backing has permitted us to develop our plans. We are looking forward to opening our bespoke teaching suite at East Riding college; a development which will further enhance our student experience.”
Current student Bennie Parkin says, “In the short time I have been in the Academy I have been given the chance to get to know doctors, social workers and practice nurses from my local area, all of which I may work closely with as a team at some point in my career. Helping to build a good friendly relationship ahead of time will help to develop good communication skills in the future.”
East Riding of Yorkshire CCG Clinical Chair, Gina Palumbo says, “We are all becoming increasingly aware of the recruitment challenges facing the NHS across the country, so it is fantastic to see an initiative such as the Bridlington Medical, Health and Social Care Academy looking to the workforce of the future. It is also wonderful to see the enthusiasm that is being shown by a range of people and organisations, who are all keen to work together and make the Academy a huge success.”
The Open Day is being held at St Mary’s Walk, Bridlington on Thursday 15th March, 4pm to 7pm. For further information please contact Rachel Foot on 01482 390876 or email [email protected]