On Wednesday 22nd November, Ahead Partnership welcomed almost 50 young people to Brian Jackson House, Kirklees, inviting them to take part in an inspiring event with volunteers from NHS England, Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, Calderdale and Huddersfield Solutions, FutureNHS and Locala CIC.
Designed to showcase the wide variety of jobs that are essential to support frontline healthcare workers, students from North Huddersfield Trust School, the Halifax Academy and Trinity Academy Bradford attended a non-clinical insights day which saw them complete a creative brief to design a hypothetical new community space within the Kirklees and Calderdale NHS Trust hospital grounds.
To start the day, the young people took part in a speed networking session, speaking to volunteers from partner organisations working in a variety of non-clinical roles, allowing them to gain insight into the wide range of roles providing operational support to the NHS including facilities and estates management, finance, IT, human resources and more.
To complete their creative task, the young people collaborated in groups, allocating roles within their teams, including project management, finance, facilities and marketing and working together to overcome challenges such as supply chain issues or cuts to project budgets. Each team then presented their concepts to volunteer judges in a “science fair” style exhibition.
Following the event, 100% of the students involved said that it helped them to improve their awareness of the different roles in the health and care sectors. While before only 16% of students reported their understanding of non-clinical roles as “good”, afterwards, 95% of students rated their understanding as either “good” or “excellent”.