Friday 7th February saw the latest in a series of drop down careers focussed assemblies at Wilmington Academy.

A group of year 12 and 13 students attended the assembly to hear Denise and Lisa, two members of the nursing team from Darent Valley Hospital, talk about careers in science and medicine within the NHS. 

They began by explaining that there are 100’s of roles within the NHS including finance, administration and HR but that these were not the focus of this particular discussion. Roles that were covered included microbiology, occupational therapy, nursing and midwifery. Much was made of the many further specialisms within each role.

Both ladies were keen to emphasise the benefits of working within the NHS:

  • Good potential for career progression
  • A rewarding career
  • Excellent support
  • Perks such as  free physiotherapy and staff “clubs”- in the case of DVH this could be yoga and ballroom dancing
  • Good pensions
  • A flexible employer
  • The NHS is seen as the “gold standard” for training which means that staff can travel and gain employment overseas 

Many staff members take up the opportunity of upskilling through additional training and even from a low starting point, there is always the opportunity to progress. Entry points can be as an apprentice (for some roles) or through the university route with the Kent and Medway School of Medicine taking its first medical students from September 2020. Both Ladies stressed what a great possibility this is for local students.

Several students took the opportunity to further discuss their aspirations on a one to one basis with Denise and Lisa including questions surrounding work experience.

Thank you to Denise and Lisa for coming to Wilmington Academy.