Hartlepool health and education teams collaboration improving futures for young people

Students from Catcote Academy pose with Trust staff

A special educational needs school in Hartlepool and the local health trust have teamed up as part of a project to help boost the prospects of students.

Two groups of students at Catcote Academy were invited by North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust to take a tour of the facilities.

The pupils, were given a tour of the University Hospital of Hartlepool where they had the chance to meet and talk to staff to find out more about the variety of careers within the NHS.

“The visits have been invaluable in terms of raising aspirations, and also finding out about the many different jobs that exist for young people with special educational needs in this sector.”

– Jackie McGarry, Careers Leader for Catcote Academy

After being introduced to the site by two of the trust’s education team, the group had the opportunity to visit the joint replacement unit and the orthopaedic outpatients department as well as part of their extensive hospital tour.

Suzanne Coyle-Watson, leading educator for the Trust said: “These visits mark the start of an exciting new partnership between our two organisations.

“It was fantastic to meet all of the students and to have the opportunity show them around the Trust. Feedback from our staff has been extremely positive – the visitors asked some insightful questions and took a real interest in the different job roles we offer, and the care we provide to our patients. It was a real privilege to meet all of these fantastic young people.

“These visits demonstrate there are opportunities for them to start a career here and we look forward to welcoming them again in the near future.”

Jackie McGarry, Careers Leader for Catcote Academy added “we are delighted to be working in partnership with North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust. We would like to say a huge thank you to all the staff who took time out of their busy schedules to talk to our students about the careers available in our wonderful National Health Service.

The visits have been invaluable in terms of raising aspirations, and also finding out about the many different jobs that exist for young people with special educational needs in this sector. We look forward to continuing this partnership for many years to come.”

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