Dearne Valley College learners explored the healthy range of local NHS and wider health sector job opportunities at a jobs event hosted by University Centre Rotherham.
As part of Allied Health Professions Day, Dearne Valley College learners visited the event (organised in partnership between Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust and University Centre Rotherham) to find out more about the wide variety of Allied Health Professions they can progress on toward after completing their courses.
The bustling event saw a variety of speakers and interactive stalls for physiotherapy, radiography, speech and language therapy, dietetics, occupational therapy and more.
Dearne Valley College Access to HE: Health and Science Professions learner Joe Manterfield was one of the many visitors interested in a career in the health sector.
Joe said: “There are different professionals here advising and discussing exciting career options. I like physiotherapy; I’ve got a real interest in movement.
“I do a lot of sports myself and am quite fascinated by biology, the body and how it works. I bee-lined for physio as I’m dead set on doing that. I’m thinking about maybe doing a Masters in physio and this is a good way to find out how to get into a more managerial role in physio.”
University Centre Rotherham Curriculum Team Leader for Health and Science Jonathan Green helped organise the event with the NHS.
Jonathan said: “This event shows learners the wide range of health professions available when they gain a qualification. They gain a brilliant overview of the many varied progression routes they can explore. There are many more professions out there in health than people may realise and it’s great to see so many young learners finding out about these wonderful opportunities on their doorstep.”
Jonathan added: “This event links perfectly with Dearne Valley College’s Access to HE learners who have been having a Taster Day at University Centre Rotherham. This is an excellent opportunity to visit University Centre Rotherham and promote progression opportunities such as the FdSc Professional Practice in Health and Social Care.”
NHS Occupational Therapist Catherine Mills organised the NHS’ involvement in the event in partnership with University Centre Rotherham.
Catherine said: “As an Occupational Therapist it was a great opportunity to be involved in the Allied Healthcare Professions day. We have been planning this event for several months now and to see everything come together on the day was so rewarding.
“The afternoon session at the University Centre Rotherham (UCR) was aimed at students interested in health-related professions. We had a fantastic representation from a variety of Allied Healthcare professions which provided the students with information about different career paths.”
Catherine added: “Occupational Therapy is not a well-recognised profession so it was a fantastic opportunity to promote our profession and highlight the type of work we carry out with clients to enhance their quality of life and independence. It was also valuable to have staff from Sheffield Hallam University present during the event to answer questions about specific courses and the application process.
“Thank you to staff at UCR for hosting the afternoon session. It was so positive to see so many enthusiastic learners in attendance.”