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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 15-18 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 our 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. View all the NHS careers.


Applications are now open to 15-18 year olds for our health and care academy four-week course!

The sessions will run on the following dates:

  • Saturday, 21 September 2024
  • Saturday 28 September 2024
  • Saturday, 5 October 2024
  • Saturday, 12 October 2024.

Each session will run from 9.30am – 12.00pm in the Education Centre at West Suffolk Hospital.

Depending on circumstances, it’s possible that UCAS points could be gained by completing this course. We ask that students aim to attend all four to complete the course.

Final date for applications is Sunday, 15 September 2024.

If you're interested in our health and care academy, please email your completed application form to

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 the voluntary services team: