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Careers Event at Dartford Science Technology College

Careers Event

Dartford Science and Technology College

On Tuesday 21st March, staff from Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust hosted a careers event at Dartford Science & Technology College to promote career opportunities in the NHS.

Approximately one hundred, year 12 & 13 students (aged 16-18) attended the event introduced by Denise Aspland, Senior Nurse for Education to learn about a patients journey through the NHS.

Lisa Tritton, Clinical Skills Tutor portrayed a 36 year old patient who was 18 weeks pregnant. The scenario was that she had collapsed at work, sustaining a complex arm fracture requiring surgical intervention.

Students and healthcare professionals followed the patient’s journey through the hospital. Other areas within the NHS, such as finance, admin, fundraising etc. were projected in the background to demonstrate the part they too play in a patients stay.

The students were then given the opportunity to spend 15-20 minutes at each stand to ask any questions or find out more about a particular career.

The stands visited were: 

  • Adult & Paediatric nursing
  • Apprenticeships
  • IT
  • Medicine
  • Midwifery
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Pharmacy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Radiography

Denise said, “This was a fantastic opportunity for our staff at Darent Valley to be able to engage with our local students and I felt very privilege to be invited to host the event at the College. There were many questions raised from the girls and they showed a particular interest around apprenticeships.

Many of the students did not know what they wanted to do for their jobs and there was a lot of misunderstanding around working in the NHS, in particular around what qualifications were required to go into healthcare. Maria Kelly, our Apprenticeship Co-ordinator, was able to explain the process of gaining an apprenticeship and reassure many of them that a Science A-level was not necessary for an apprenticeship in nursing.

I felt very confident that we were able to promote jobs and careers both at Darent Valley Hospital and the wider NHS, and look forward to seeing some of the students from DSTC joining us in the future”