Screen Shot 2015-06-23 at 14.20.15YOUNG people in Sunderland, their parents and their teachers can get a unique view of health-related careers in the city at a special event this week.

As part of this year’s Work Discovery Week – which runs from Monday June 29 to July 3 – City Hospitals Sunderland will be running health and care sector sessions which will highlight the diverse range of jobs they offer.

And now the second event – on Thursday July 2 at the Stadium of Light – has been expanded to allow post year 11 students, parents and teachers the opportunity to meet with health professionals working a wide range of fields.

The event will highlight the opportunities and career paths in areas including support services, administration, estates, radiology, pharmacy along with doctors and nurses.

Attendees will also be able to find out more about therapy services, which covers physiotherapy, occupational therapy, dietetics, podiatry, speech and language therapy.

The session runs from 3.30pm to 6.30pm and visitors will be able to talk to NHS staff about specific roles and careers, but also to follow two patient journeys to see how the various services are involved in the care of very different patients.

Information will be available on work experience and apprentice opportunities, including those on offer in the North East ambulance service, pharmacy, business administration, IT and health care.

“This is a great opportunity for young people and their parents to meet face to face with a range of health professionals from a huge range of backgrounds,” said Dennis Little, Workforce Development and Education Manager at City Hospitals Sunderland.

“It will also show that there are far more careers available in the NHS than many people might realise.

“We hope as many people as possible will take advantage of this opportunity and come along.”

Anyone wanting to attend should email work.experience@chsft.nhs.uk to book a place.

The event is part of a whole programme of activities for Work Discovery Week, which involved more than 1000 young people from across Sunderland.

Set up to improve employability and relationships between schools in the city and businesses from across the region, it is now in its third year and has the support of major companies including Nissan, Sunderland University, Sunderland College, Gentoo and Arriva.