14 June 2016
NHS Careers Fair – another great success with 400 attending
The second NHS Careers Fair, held on 16 April 2016, built on the success of the previous one held in November 2015 with the whole of the Education Centre at St Mary’s Hospital used as the venue to showcase an extensive range of services.
The event was attended by over 400 people and even though it was aimed at students who attend Secondary School on the Isle of Wight to influence their choice of educational options, anyone interested in healthcare was welcome. We were delighted to recruit two much needed, fully qualified nurses on the day; one for Theatre and one for Intensive Care Unit.
A total of 25 departments from within the Trust promoted their areas of expertise including Theatre; Resuscitation Team; Nursing (Community, Paediatric, School and Adult Nursing); Respiratory Department; Occupational Therapy; Ambulance Service; Memory Service; Midwifery; HSDU (Hospital Sterilisation and Decontamination Unit); Pharmacy; Pathology; Mental Health; Diagnostic Imaging; Estates; Learning Disability Team; Finance; Physiotherapy (Orthopaedics); Medical Education; Clinical Research; Lifelong Learning (Apprentices); Health & Safety; Human Resources & Volunteering.
In addition, representatives from the University of Portsmouth and Southampton were present promoting Nursing and Research respectively.
The Isle of Wight College attended promoting their Access courses and there was literature available from HTP (Hospitality Training Partnership (IOW) Limited).
There was also a strong My Life a Full Life presence with stalls for Age UK IW; Earl Mountbatten Hospice MH; Volunteer Centre; Youth Trust, the Red Cross and Scio Healthcare.
Visitors were given hands-on demonstrations by using manikins to try out CPR, wearing of an Age Simulation Suit and a range of equipment including fire hazards and back care.
Dr Lynn Lansbury of University of Southampton commented:
“Thank you for letting me join in with the Careers Fair. It is a fantastic event with the most diverse range of NHS careers I have ever seen together”
Marcia Meaning commented on our Facebook page saying:
“The careers fair was excellent; my daughters spent two hours talking to a range of healthcare professionals. It has confirmed my eldest daughter’s decision to enter nursing and given my 15 year old the opportunity to explore some options other than nursing – she was especially interested in Occupational Therapy”