In our communities

In our communities

Working to end inequalities

At Barts Health, we’re passionate about closing the inequality gap within our communities. We support population health and aim to reduce inequalities by working with local partners to support our population into employment, improving the lives of those in our communities

Healthcare Horizons

Our Healthcare Horizons programme enables students to learn more about prospective careers in healthcare, and was recently recognised by the British Medical Association. We offer virtual work experience, pre-employment training, and can also support years 10-13 at schools. 

During phase one we:

  • Engaged 1407 students
  • Linked with 37 schools and colleges
  • Delivered 108 career events
  • Offered 269 work experience placements
  • Helped over 100 young people progress into employment, and 182 young people into health-related degrees

To enquiry about our Healthcare Horizons programme, or for further information, you can get in touch with the team, visit our Twitter, or phone 020 3594 1019 or 020 3594 1003.

Our offering to schools and colleges

We are currently working with 37 schools within the boroughs of Tower Hamlets, Newham, Hackney and Waltham Forest. Find  eligible schools [docx] 366KB . We can offer the following support at schools and colleges based in these boroughs:

  • Years 10-13: career talks, attending parent’s evenings to highlight career pathways, virtual work experience platform, year 10 webinars 

  • Years 12-13: summer school, career events, work experience, online mentoring programme 

We're also working in partnership with Newham College to encourage more young people to work for the NHS. To do so, we've set up Barts Health Futures Hub, a training facility for health care and life sciences at the Stratford campus of Newham College. 

Work experience opportunities

Covid-19: Work experience is not being offered by our trust at the moment. Schools and colleges that are enrolled on our programme will be notified once it resumes.

Due to a high demand, we are unable to accept requests from individual students. All our work experience placements are offered directly to schools and colleges participating in our programme. If you are attending one of the schools listed eligible schools [docx] 366KB, please speak to your Careers Advisor to log your request. 

Virtual work experience

Our free platform consists of resources which have been designed for young people aged 14 and over who wish to learn more about their chosen profession, to gain university application tips and to find out more about the rewarding careers on offer in the health sector 

The platform offers interactive courses, webinars, podcast and live sessions and you can access this space by creating an account

Pre-employment training

Our two-week training programme provides eligible 16- to 30-year-olds the opportunity to access entry level jobs and apprenticeship vacancies at Barts Health, as well as the wider health sector. The training brings together guidance on NHS careers, sector-specific skills and knowledge, motivational workshops, an accredited level 2 qualification, and one-to-one support on how to apply for jobs and apprenticeships in the NHS. Successful candidates will also benefit from a talent pool. Most of the jobs available will be within administration or Healthcare Support roles.

Additional information on the programme and eligibility criteria 

All candidates interested in applying for the pre-employability training programme must send an email stating the cohort number which you can find below, as well as attaching an updated CV to healthcare careers team. We also accept referrals from employment partners, so please get in touch if you would like to work with us.

Those eligible will be invited to an information and assessment day, and successful candidates will be selected following a short interview. Candidates must be available to attend all dates in their specified cohort.

Cohort dates for 2022

 Information day




23 May 2022

30 May – 3 June 2022

13-24 June 2022


25 July 2022

1- 5 August 2022

15 – 26 August 2022


19 September 2022

26-30 September 2022

10 – 21 October 2022


14 November 2022

21 -25 November 2022

5 – 16 December 2022


30 January  2023

6 -10 February 2023

20 February- 4  March 2023

Please specify which cohort number you can attend and don’t forget to attach your CV.

You must be free for the information day, at least one day in the interview week and the full two weeks of training from 9am to 5pm (Mon-Fri).

Project Search

Award winning Project SEARCH is an initiative that aims to prepare and guide young people with learning disabilities, autism, and/or sensory impairment into paid employment. The goal is to provide on-site internship experiences, helping young adults with learning disabilities to acquire the necessary skills to gain competitive employment. The project aims to bridge the gap between education and employment.

In 2021, 7/8 of our interns went into paid employment after completing the programme.


Interns will get to take part in mock interviews, as well as practice their English and Maths skills. It will also cover work behaviour, teamwork, communication, problem solving, budgeting, and technology. 

As well as supporting young people into employment, we also offer support to families, and we work closely with parents on issues regarding benefits, housing and health complications. 


Project Search is open to young people with learning disabilities and autism who are typically on a course of study at a school or college, and in their last year of full-time unpaid education. It is open for 16-24 year olds. 

Project Search is currently open for applications for its next cohort, beginning September 2022. The programme will run across Newham, Whipps Cross and St. Bartholomew’s hospital. 

You can contact Project Search at Newham, Whipps Cross or St. Bartholomew’s. 

Community Works

Our Community Works programme offers those who may face barriers to employment access to skills training and work placements, to help them access vacancies within the NHS and wider services. It is available to people living in the boroughs of: Tower Hamlets, City of London, Hackney, Newham and Waltham Forest.


The training consists of a one-week course, and you will work on communication, teamwork, interview skills, customer service, infection control, compassionate patient care, and more. 

As of November 2021, 239 candidates have been part of Community Works, with 62% from a BAME background and 83% of those then moving into a job. Overall, our 2021-22 cohort saw 121 job outcomes for interns.  

Candidates who are interested in the programme and would like to attend an information day should send a CV with their postcode to the team

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