Widening Access to Careers in Community Healthcare
What is WATCCH?
- The WATCCH programme is a widening participation initiative aimed at motivated year 12 students from state schools with an interest in careers in healthcare and who may have not had the opportunity to access work experience
- We provide a programme of workshops, mentoring and work experience in a GP practice with the opportunity to shadow a variety of different healthcare professionals
How can I apply?
All eligible students must be:
- In year 12
- Attending a non-selective state school
You will also need to meet one of the following criteria:
- You currently receive free school meals/a means-tested bursary or you have in the past
- Neither of your parents have a university degree
- You are currently, or you have previously been, in care
- You are a carer with significant and sustained caring responsibilities
- You or one of your parents is an asylum seeker/refugee
You must fill in and complete the WATCCH Application form (Doc) by 10th May 2019.
You will need a reference from a teacher at your school and information from your parent/guardian to complete the application.
What does the programme involve?
We arrange a 3 day work experience for every WATCCH student within a GP practice (during the first 3 weeks of August). In pairs you will attend a GP practice and have the opportunity to shadow a range of healthcare professionals including doctors and nurses. You will have a dedicated GP supervisor who you can discuss your experience with. Ahead of the work experience day there is an induction day, where you will be learn about the NHS, meet a multi-professional panel and have the opportunity to do some clinical skills e.g. blood taking. Following the work experience placement there will be a closing day, where you will come together as a group to reflect on your experience, and think about how this may shape your career choice and help with applications.
There will also be an additional series of workshops which will explore different aspects of healthcare careers and the applications processes.
You will be linked with a healthcare student-mentor who will provide support with career choices and applications.
The induction day, work experience and closing day are compulsory. The welcome day will take place on July 31st, the work experience will take place for 3 days between the 5th and 24th August (to be negotiated between you and the practice) and the closing day will take place on August 28th.
Who is the programme run by?
The programme is run by the Department of Primary Care and Public Health based in the School of Public Health at Imperial College London.
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