Our Head of Education and Practice Development has welcomed students who will start at the new James Paget Health Academy in September.
Students from East Norfolk Sixth Form College, Lowestoft Sixth Form College and East Coast College who successfully made it through an application and interview selection process were invited to a ‘meet and greet’ welcome afternoon at the hospital yesterday, Tuesday 3 June, ahead of starting Academy sessions in September.
The afternoon was introduced by James Paget Head of Education and Practice Development Sharon Crowle with Practice Development Nurse Cherry Townsend running ice-breaker and information sessions to give a taste of what the Academy will offer. The aim was to give the students a chance to meet each other and to get more information about the Academy programme.
The students will visit the hospital on a regular basis over a six-month period to take part in sessions at the hospital’s Education and Training Centre. The sessions are designed to give more information about potential careers, opportunities to progress and what working in a busy hospital is like. It will give those considering a career in health care the opportunity to get an insight into the roles available and will teach life skills, resilience and communication techniques.
Sharon Crowle, Head of Education and Practice Development at the James Paget, says the Academy is another way the hospital is looking to encourage more people into nursing and associated careers.
“We want to attract people into health care, which can be a rewarding profession in itself but which also offers lots of opportunities to progress. There are many routes you can take, whatever educational level you are at or whichever type of learning suits you best – for example you could start a nursing degree or an apprenticeship, start as a health care assistant or join our support team, become a doctor or a physician associate. We need to give young people an opportunity to see what working in health care is like and what routes are available to them.
“The Academy will give an insight into careers available at the hospital but will also give skills that are valuable whatever the students choose to do.”
In addition to the colleges, the Paget is also working closely with the Network for East Anglian Collaborative Outreach (neaco). Neaco is a unique collaboration of all the higher education providers in East Anglia and operates under the ‘Take Your Place’ campaign. The programme supports young people in years 9-13 to plan their future education.