01 / 5 / 2015 2.46pm
October 2015 will see the launch of Medics Month, a national scheme where 18,000 medical professionals will visit primary schools to talk about the variety of roles across the health service and encourage more children to have careers in medicine.
Medics Month is part of the Primary Futures project which has already worked with thousands of volunteers who have helped primary school children link their thinking between the classroom and the workplace.
This has not only helped children to raise their aspirations but reinforces the message that strong literacy and numeracy skills will help them succeed in their future career paths.
The free scheme has been jointly developed by independent trade union and professional association, NAHT, and the Education and Employers Charity.
Selecting for Excellence, a report by the Medical Schools Council, showed that the journey to medicine should start in primary schools. To aid this, the medical profession needed to develop better links with schools and offer greater encouragement by being visible and accessible. By joining forces, NAHT and the Medical Schools Council have managed to secure a volunteer from the medical profession for every primary school in the country.
With activity centred throughout the whole month, a key focus will be on the first anniversary of the launch of Primary Futures on 15 October 2015.
Primary Futures is supported by the three main political parties and the leading medical professional bodies.
Danny Mortimer, chief executive of NHS Employers, said: “Employers across the NHS welcome this marvellous initiative by the Medical Schools Council and NAHT, which builds on the fantastic work already done by our friends at Education and Employers. We are profoundly concerned in the NHS to improve the diversity of our workforce and this is an important and supportive step with regards to the medical workforce, but also more generally raises the profile of the opportunities presented by a career in the NHS.”
For more information see the Primary Futures website.