Health Education England (HEE)
is delighted to announce that two students from Longfield Academy
of Sport in Darlington have won the Step into the NHS schools'
competition for the North East of England.
Published 29th May 2018
Megan Toor and Cara Wright impressed the judges with their entry
to promote the role of a midwife. They created a creative stop
motion video using some characters from the Sylvanian families. The
video was informative, highlighting the job responsibilities
required to be a midwife.
This video, along with others beat more than 1,700 entries
across the country, as the competition attracted record numbers of
pupils to get involved and learn more about careers in the NHS.
Now in its ninth year, the competition aims to promote the 350
plus careers available in health and social care professions across
the NHS and students were tasked with designing an advertisement
and job description for their chosen role, working individually or
in groups of up to four.
Nicholas Lindsay, Head of Longfield Academy of Sport said:
"We are very proud to be a community school and partnership
working with other agencies is vital to our overall vision for
success. This piece of work with the NHS is an example of our ethos
and values as a central pillar for public services in the North of
Joanne Crawford, Head of Midwifery of County Durham and
Darlington NHS Foundation Trust said:
"Midwifery is a fantastic career - it is an honour to support
women and their families throughout pregnancy and childbirth. I
don't think there are many people that can truly say they love
their job, but I do, and I have for the last 23 years. It is so
fantastic to see young women like Megan and Cara displaying
enthusiasm and drive to achieve a career in midwifery, and I would
wish them every luck in achieving their goal. At County Durham and
Darlington NHS Foundation Trust we have exciting opportunities for
midwives to work in both hospital and community settings - helping
deliver around 5000 babies each year."
Michael Wilson, Business Manager (careers) for Health Education
"I'd like to congratulate Megan Toor, Cara Wright and Longfield
Academy on their fantastic entry. Young people are extremely
important to the future of the NHS workforce. It is important that
the NHS engages with young people now and lets them know about the
wealth of career opportunities.
"There are more than 350 different careers to choose from in
health and jobs range from community matron, dietician or public
health analyst to a finance manager or web developer. Initiatives
such as the schools competition really help to raise awareness of
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