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
"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
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.firstname.lastname@example.org
PICTURED: Health Ambassador, Danielle Standing, matron
for the acute medical unit at Basildon University