Wirral Globe - NHS Visit

13th June 2019

Following last week's visit to St Catherine's Health Centre, we were delighted to be featured in the latest edition of Wirral Globe.  Here is the article:

Wirral pupils' behind the scenes tour of St Catherine's health centre

Pupils from a Cathcart Street School in Birkenhead were given a taste of life in the NHS during a visit to a local health centre.

The aim of their trip to St Catherine's Health Centre in Birkenhead was to inspire children and showcase clinical and non-clinical careers.

It was part of a project Wirral Community Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust is running with local charity The Johnson Foundation and Wirral Chamber of Commerce.

The project, called Young Chamber Cadets, is an exciting new careers education initiative for Wirral primary schools, helping bridge the gap between education and business.

The group of 30 pupils were greeted by the trust's chief executive Karen Howell and given a guided tour of the health centre, as well as visiting a number of services, including dental, podiatry, IT, 0-19, communications and marketing and estates.

Pupils were excited and enthusiastic about finding out how staff began their careers in the NHS and shared ideas of what they might want to be when they grow up.

Whilst visiting various services staff shared their career stories and pupils were extremely keen to ask questions about their jobs and what it’s like to work for the NHS.

There are over 140 different job roles in the NHS, and it was wonderful for the children to recognise that as well as all the nurses and doctors, the NHS needs communication and marketing staff, administrative teams, accountants, estates management staff, ICT staff and hundreds of other roles.

The children gained real insight into what it's like working in the NHS as well as finding out about the services their local Community NHS Trust provides to residents in Wirral and Cheshire East.

The trust's chief executive Karen Howell said: "We've established a strong relationship with Cathcart Street School over the last 12 months and it was great for pupils to see first-hand what we do.

"There was a real buzz around St Cath's and the children asked some great questions.

"These pupils are our future workforce and it was clear to see they left the Trust feeling inspired."