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Health Ambassador Programme

24 January 2019

This year the MSB People & Organisational Development Team is looking for members of staff from across the three trusts to sign up to their Health Ambassador programme. This is a great opportunity to give something back and inspire a new generation of potential healthcare professionals.

As a Health Ambassador you will have the opportunity to visit local schools, colleges and universities to promote the varied careers and opportunities within the NHS. The aim is to help young people to make informed decisions about their futures.

Danielle Standing (pictured), matron for the acute medical unit at Basildon University Hospital, said: "As a Health Ambassador I have the opportunity to engage with local schools and colleges to promote the varied careers and opportunities within the NHS. Taking time out to talk to the students, answering their questions and guiding them on the pathway for their chosen career is very rewarding.  I also attend universities for open days in order to promote nursing and, as part of this, I am a regular member of the university panel when they interview our potential future nurses. 

"I have been doing this since I went into my role as a Practice Education Facilitator in 2011 and continue to undertake this role in my current position as Matron for the Acute Division.

"Health Ambassadors are crucial in highlighting the many career paths and opportunities the NHS has to offer, along with sharing personal experiences with to potential employees. Sometimes in the midst of our busy schedules we can forget that what we do is actually inspirational. Young people will be inspired by the work we do and the contribution we make in delivering high quality patient care."

No training is needed and Health Ambassadors are always sent out in twos - so you wouldn't be visiting a school on your own.

Crucially, you don't have to be a member of the clinical team - there are more than 350 roles within the NHS spanning many skills and disciplines. The main requirement is that you are happy to take some time out to inspire and to talk confidently to students about the work you do.

If you would like to join the Health Ambassador team, please contact Rachel Gray, Vocational & Workforce Redesign Lead at Rachel.gray@btuh.nhs.uk

PICTURED: Health Ambassador, Danielle Standing, matron for the acute medical unit at Basildon University Hospital