On the evening of Thursday 17th October, 3Sixty co-ordinated and facilitated a careers event at Kettering Conference Centre, for young people in the county who are interested in going to medical school and training to become a GP. The event was open to both the young people and their parents, with an aim of giving them an understanding of the entry requirements and application process for medical school; an overview of the learning pathway towards becoming a doctor; and an explanation of the role of primary care and the different career opportunities available.
The various workshops were led by expert colleagues including Dr Rajesh Kumar, GP Educational Lead, 3Sixty Care Partnership. Dr Victoria Morrell, NHS Northamptonshire’s Clinical Lead for First5 GPs; and Dr Margaret Barnes-Davies, Associate Professor & Admissions Lead for Medicine University of Leicester. The event was also supported and facilitated by a number of 3Sixty Care Partnership and Leicester Medical School colleagues, as well as current medical students, and was attended by a representative from NHFT’s recruitment department who had a stand at the event and was able to give information about other medical roles and opportunities.
We’re delighted to say that the event was a resounding success, attended by 48 students from all areas of the county, and with another 46 registered as wishing to attend a possible future event. We have received overwhelmingly positive feedback, with students stating that they found the junior doctors and medical students in attendance relatable, and felt that they had been given practical and valuable advice regarding applications and career pathways. We have also been pleased to receive email comments from parents post-event, for example, “My daughter found it so useful and I was so impressed by the enthusiasm of everybody involved and very grateful for their time.”
This event was a fantastic example of working in partnership across the wider network and an excellent opportunity to engage with our future workforce as well as supporting our local community. A huge ‘Thank You’ to all our 3Sixty, Leicester Medical School and NHFT colleagues and students who attended and supported the running of the event. We are always assessing opportunities to impact and improve the pipeline of primary care staff for the near, medium and long term, so please do get in touch if you’d like to be involved in or have ideas for future events.