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03/05/19

Inspire and encourage young people to be part of our future health and care workforce

The Bradford district and Craven health and care Ambassador Scheme launched on Tuesday 30 April 2019. The scheme has been setup to inspire and encourage young people to join the health and care workforce of the future.

The launch was a culmination of 8 months' work and the two sessions were held as a thank you and celebration for the 44 people from across the district who have signed up so far. The event also saw the launch of our new promotion and marketing materials to use at careers events, using our shared vision for health and care in Bradford district and Craven—Happy, Healthy at Home.

If you are interested in becoming an ambassador to help inspire young people please contact Gillian Wilson - gillian.wilson@bdct.nhs.uk
We are particularly looking to increase the number and range of ambassadors from general practice and community care, social care and the voluntary sector, and in occupations such as medicine, midwifery and dentistry.

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The work to develop the Ambassador Scheme has been part of the Integrated Workforce Pro-gramme Board's 'Growing our Own' work programme. This was given additional non-recurrent funding in 2018 through the workforce transformation funds. This funding has resourced the development of two apprenticeship enrichment programmes, a summer school for a group of students from the Health and Care Industrial Centre of Excellence (ICE) and to undertake some system wide workforce profiling.


Previously, organisations have gone out to careers events to promote their individual organisations. The Ambassador Scheme is all about health and care organisations working together to promote health and care career opportunities across our whole system. We’re asking people to take off their organisational hats and think across Bradford district and Craven health and care instead.


The ambassadors have already been out and about attending various career sessions and events across 19 secondary schools. We are looking to increase our coverage across schools and want to double our number of ambassadors over the coming 12 months.

Schools have been really appreciative of the input from ambassadors:

Just wanted to pass on my thanks for the support received from Jane and Clair at our year 9 careers evening last night they were brilliant answered lots of parents questions and gave out lots of information.”
Parkside school

“I just wanted to say thanks for arranging for the NHS ambassador, Cathy, to come into school this lunchtime—lots of students engaged and took career booklets which is great. Cathy mentioned that she would be happy to come back into school to deliver an assembly to students about careers in the NHS, it would be great if we could arrange this.”

Appleton Academy

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