Open day is insight into hospital careers

20 September 2019
Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is writing to schools across the county as part of an on-going campaign to recruit and grow its own talent.

The Trust is urging teenagers to come along to an open day between 9am and 2pm on Saturday 28 September and learn more about the work of Allied Healthcare Professionals (AHPs).Chief nurse Lorraine Szeremeta (fourth from right) with operating department practitioners

CUH also welcomes university graduates, newly qualified professionals, and experienced or return-to-practice AHPs for the event, which will operate out of the Deakin Centre in Richard Howe Way, adjacent to the main car park.

One in every three members of NHS staff are AHPs and their roles include speech and language therapists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, therapeutic radiographers, dieticians, diagnostic radiographers, operating department practitioners, orthoptists and prosthetists.

Others include music and art therapists, operating department practitioners, and podiatrists, many of whom will be available on the day to chat about their work with visitors.

The event, which was held for the first time last year and attracted more than 300 people, will also be an opportunity to find out about apprenticeships, work experience and temporary staffing – including gap year opportunities.

With plans for a new children’s hospital on the horizon, thanks to £100m of Department of Health funding, it could not be a better time to join the Trust.

Associate director of therapies and dietetics, Dr Helen Watson, said: “With a Trust the size of CUH - and set to grow even further in the years ahead - there really are a wealth of different  AHP careers.

“And with opportunities like work experience, gap year projects, apprenticeships, temporary, part-time and full-time jobs available, there really is something to suit everyone.”

For more information on opportunities at CUH visit Working for us on the Trust website.