A career in a doctor’s surgery (general practice) was just one of the options that students from schools across Blackburn with Darwen and East Lancashire were able to consider at the latest NHS careers event hosted at East Lancashire NHS Hospitals Trust.
Around 80 students aged between 13 and 17 found out about the different career routes into the NHS that are not only hospital based, but within a GP surgery.
A range of practical activities were available for the students to interact with including urine dipstick analysis – using Lucozade and lemon and water, blood pressure monitoring, listening to their heart and lungs through a stethoscope, and learning about the human body with an anatomical model.
In addition, Dr Mammen Ninan, a GP at Darwen Health Care, Sheila Whiteoak, Practice Manager at Roe Lee Surgery, Joanne Thomas, Practice Nurse at Roe Lee Surgery, and Hannah Sellers, Primary Care Development Officer at NHS Blackburn with Darwen Clinical Commissioning Group, all spoke about the variety of jobs that are needed in a GP practice.
Dr Ninan said: “The NHS isn’t just about doctors and nurses, nor is it just about working in a hospital. There are more jobs than ever before in general practice and lots of opportunities for a rewarding career outside of a hospital setting.
“For example, we employ healthcare assistants, advanced nurse practitioners, practice/business managers, receptionists, and admin clerks. There are plenty of other new roles such as medical assistants, physician associates, and pharmacy technicians emerging but it is expected that more and more new roles will develop over the next few years.”
There are lots of ways to enter into a career in general practice. Some of the professions require a university degree but others you can train for whilst you are working, gaining qualifications, skills and knowledge as you go.