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Young people urged to join NHS workforce


23-March-2016

Young people are being targeted by NHSScotland with the launch of a new website at Murrayfield on Wednesday (23 March). 

NHS Education for Scotland and Skills Development Scotland have developed the new website www.careers.nhs.scot  which promotes the hundreds of different careers on offer in the country. 

There are approximately 160,000 people employed by the NHS in Scotland and the message is that it's not just doctors and nurses who are needed to make sure people receive the best healthcare. 144 delegates are expected at the Murrayfield event called 'Explore the world of careers in NHSScotland’.  

A wide range of professionals with an interest in developing the young workforce will attend to find out about the resources available and to learn how to support the recruitment and employment of young people. 

The new website includes:

  • job profiles for the wide range of  careers available in NHSScotland
  • links to current NHSScotland vacancies
  • a special section for young people including information about Modern Apprenticeships available in NHSScotland
  • information relevant to potential, existing and returning NHSScotland staff 

A key feature of the site is the use of videos of existing NHSScotland staff who talk about how their job makes a difference to patients’ lives including

  • Alex, an apprentice joiner in an NHSS Board, who says ‘It’s a really good job to be in’.
  • Rachel, a paediatric dietitian in a large NHSS Board – she explains that her job gives her great satisfaction because she knows she makes a difference to the lives of children with cancer
  • Shaun, a respiratory physiologist, who says working for NHSScotland gives him ‘opportunities to develop professionally’
  • Jennifer, a laundry assistant, who feels her job is important as the NHSS hospital where she works cannot function without fresh laundry!

The home page of the website also features a very short introductory video  https://vimeo.com/159815133
 

ENDS 

For more information

Contact: Stuart Baird, Interim Head of Communications, tel. 07799 678009