Bridging gap between education and work

From working alongside A&E staff to helping out looking after patients who have had a stroke, a group of Grimsby students are getting hands-on experience in their local hospital over the summer holidays.

Grimsby hospital has opened its doors to 10 Franklin College students for a special four-week internship opportunity where they will get a unique chance to work alongside frontline NHS staff.

Students will be shadowing staff on the acute medical unit, coronary care unit, outpatients, A&E, ward B4, rainforest ward, surgical day unit and maternity services among others. It is part of the college’s career ready programme, which helps to bridge the gap between education and work by giving the, access to real experience in the world of work.

Giselle Kesson, clinical skills tutor, said: “All of the students have aspirations of becoming nurses, midwives, doctors or paramedics. The programme gives us a valuable chance to showcase local career opportunities, and helps to grow our own workforce for the future.

“It gives students hands-on experience spending time in a hospital environment and getting contact with patients. They have been learning about things like the importance of professionalism, team working, reliability, and clinical skills such as infection control and maintaining privacy and dignity.”

Giselle added: “We are extremely grateful to all of the staff who have taken time out of their busy schedules to accommodate the students in their areas.”

Through the programme students are also paired with a mentor who supports them before, during and after their internship experience.

Last year, one of the students went on to become recognised nationally as they were nominated for the career ready student of the year.

Student Charlotte Creswell wants to study midwifery at university. She said: “It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity for me and something that not everyone gets the chance to do. I’ve wanted to be a midwife since the age of ten and want to study midwifery at university so I’m glad that I’ve done this to make absolutely sure that its what I want to do. All the staff have been lovely towards me, the experience has gone really quickly and makes me appreciate just how much work midwives do.”

Student Thomas Allen has hopes of becoming a doctor in the future. He said: “It’s been really amazing for me and quite an eye opener. I’ve spent lots of time in different departments at the hospital – from AMU, coronary care, endoscopy, cardiology etc. – and all the staff that I’ve encountered have been supportive and informative. I’m studying biology, chemistry and psychology and I’ve been to put a lot of those elements in to practice in a hospital setting and has encouraged me further.”

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