The future of healthcare is in good hands thanks to a partnership between St Bartholomew’s Hospital and one of the City of London’s ancient livery companies.
Earlier this month, over 100 A-level students from across England attended the Health Careers Conference, a two day event organised by the Hospital and the Worshipful Company of Haberdashers, a merchant guild founded in 1448 which now operates an educational foundation.
The year 12 students – who had each expressed an interest in a healthcare career – were treated to a number of workshops led by NHS professionals including intensive care consultant Segun Olusanya who gave a talk on medical ethics.
Other speakers included a physiotherapist, cardiac physiologist, nurse and a GP.
As well as talks within Haberdashers' Hall, there were behind-the-scences tours of our hospital wards and departments, and an opportunity to practice their skills on life-like mannequins.
St Bartholomew’s Hospital’s chief registrar, Dr Arvind Singal, who helped to organise the event, said it was about “inspiring the next generation.”
Medical director Andrew Wragg said: “The feedback has been excellent and we hope to re-run the course in partnership with local schools in east London.”
Last week's conference was part of Haberdashers’ Futures - a career mentoring programme run by the Haberdashers’ Company for pupils at its family of schools. It is supported by the Monmouth Enterprise Initiative.