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Health and care academy

The health and care academy is a fantastic opportunity for you to explore a career in the health sector. From nurses to porters, social workers to operating department practitioners; this interactive programme is designed to support your development in a wide range of careers in the NHS and social care.

What is the health and care academy?

The Health and Care Academy is aimed at school or college students aged 15-19 who have an interest in health care. A wide range of health care professionals are on hand to support students in gaining a greater understanding of many roles available within the NHS. The academy is an opportunity to learn about the NHS and social care and the roles it has to offer. We offer the chance to not only meet a range of health care professionals but to gain a better understanding of what their role entails and possible routes into the varying careers.

The Academy experience aims to provide individuals with both life skills and increased confidence and knowledge into a variety of health care careers. This is a programme undertaken alongside current college studies allowing students to keep up with academic work whilst spending time at the trust learning from a variety of NHS and social care staff.

With over 350 different roles within the NHS, there's so many pathways that you can choose. To view all the NHS careers, click here

Applications are now open for our health and care academy six-week course!

The sessions will run on the following dates:

  • Saturday, 18 February
  • Saturday, 25 February
  • Saturday, 11 March
  • Saturday, 18 March
  • Saturday, 25 March
  • Saturday, 1 April

Each session will run from 9.30am – 12.00pm.

We ask that students aim to attend at least five out of six sessions to complete the course.

Please email your completed application form to Rachel.Grimwood@wsh.nhs.uk by Friday, 10 February.

Please note, any students under 18 who wish to take part will need a parent or guardian’s signature.


If you are interested in learning more about our Health Academies or would like to enquire about sessions, please contact Rachel Grimwood in the voluntary services team: rachel.grimwood@wsh.nhs.uk.



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