Sandon School take career footsteps into the NHS

21 November 2017

As part of Health Education England’s #StepintotheNHS competition, Sandon School in Chelmsford, Essex, ran a Career Footsteps event that focused on careers in the health sector. The #stepintotheNHS competition is running to help raise awareness of the 350 roles that a career in the NHS has to offer.

This event brought together Year 9 students to encourage them to think about the range of careers in the health sector they can pursue. As part of the #stepintotheNHS competition students researched the variety of jobs in the health sector and then design a poster to advertise their chosen career. Other activities included mock interviews and presentations around the volunteers’ careers.

Volunteers included the following:

Helen Lloyd-Rainbow, Ford Motor Company Ltd

Ian Chiverton, Home Office

Andrea Purser,  DWP

Paris Bartholomew

Uruemu Okun, Capgemini

Rebecca Bruce, Mercer

Caroline O’Leary, QuintilesIMS

Paul Deemer, NHS Employers

Cheryl Nevin, NHS – Barts Health NHS Trust

Andrew Nwosu, NHS England

Dirk Pilat, NHS

Katherine Huband, Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Trust

Darren Aldrich, Health Education England

A year 9 student said:

“The day was incredibly useful and informative. It thoroughly helped with my GCSE choices and what job I would like to do.”

Volunteers Rebecca and Sheila from Mercer said:

“I found it inspiring, engaging and interactive/ (the day) integrated business skills into a school environment, setting them (the students) up for the future/ the event installed business ethics into a school environment.”

Andrea Purser, from the Department for Work and Pensions, commented:

“It has been so inspiring how engaged and well they (the students) can research and use teamwork skills to perform a presentation in such a short space of time.”

Schools and colleges interested in hosting a Career Footsteps event can get in touch with the team on 0207 566 4880 or drop us an email to