Healthcare Horizons - supporting the next generation of NHS heroes

24 Jan 2019


In collaboration with Barts Health NHS Trust and JPMorgan Chase Foundation, Healthcare Horizons has now launched. This three year skills and education programme will enable students to learn more about different health professions, access higher education and secure employment within the NHS.

The Healthcare Horizons programme launched yesterday, with partners from the health and education sector gathering to celebrate the life-changing opportunities that the programme will provide. An expert panel discussed the benefits of encouraging young people to pursue careers in healthcare, and how the programme will boost recruitment, helping the NHS thrive.

Included on the panel was Mehwish Iqbal, 17 from Waltham Forest. She believes it’s vital to showcase the range of careers available in the NHS. She secured an apprenticeship at Barts Health NHS Trust in 2018 after completing a work experience placement at The Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel and a pre-employment training programme at the Trust. The 18 month programme allows her to combine study and work at the same time, graduating with a Level Three Qualification in Business Administration.

Mehwish said: “I didn’t realise that there were so many different types of roles available in the NHS. At Barts Health I’m always learning new life skills, and I think having exposure to real life situations will make it easier for me to secure jobs in the long run.”

A career stepping stone for all ages 

Over 1,000 school and college students from over 20 schools in the boroughs of Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest, Newham and Hackney will participate in a variety of initiatives tailored to their age. The programme includes a raft of support to give young people a taster of stepping into the shoes of healthcare workers:

  • Secondary school students will have access to career awareness sessions, hands on events and work experience placements.
  • Teenagers will be able to immerse themselves in how an operating theatre works in the cutting edge simulation suite at The Royal London Hospital.
  • Direct support and advice will be offered for students completing applications for university.
  • Bespoke support including motivational training, interview skills development and regular events showcasing the range of available opportunities will help young people to get straight into work.

Support from Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London

Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, fully supports the Healthcare Horizons Programme: “Our capital is full of talented and motivated young people, and I’m determined that Londoners from all backgrounds are able to access the wealth of career opportunities available in our city.

I’m delighted to support the Healthcare Horizons programme, which will make a real difference in helping young Londoners gain the skills and practical experiences to help them access the wide range of rewarding jobs available in London’s healthcare sector.”


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