#NHSwhereIstarted inspires next generation

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05 / 2 / 2016 11am

More than 1,400 members of the NHS workforce have been sharing their stories and images on Twitter for #NHSwhereIstarted. 

Part of ThinkFuture, the #NHSwhereIstarted campaign aimed to open up conversations about opportunities available within the NHS, and to engage and inspire public conversations around employing young people.

In its first week, there was:

  • more than 6.3 million impressions
  • 3,100 tweets, and
  • 1,470 participants (and counting!)

Colleagues from a range of job roles and departments across the NHS shared stories, quotes and pictures from the start of their careers. Many had started in entry level roles as cleaners, porters and health care assistants and progressed into senior roles.

Throughout the week a number of recognised leaders, including chief nursing officer Jane Cummings, chief allied health professions officer Suzanne Rastrick and NHS Employers chief executive Danny Mortimer revealed their career journeys through a series of blogs.

Colleagues in social care also got involved, with Skills for Care leading the way to promote the campaign.  

Dr John Oates, emergency department GP at Warrington and Halton Foundation Trust, was one of the participants of the campaign:

"I started as a weekend cleaner/porter in 1996, aged 15. I then progressed to working as an A&E health care assistant part time while doing my A-levels. I qualified as a staff nurse in 2003 and after two years I went on to complete my GP training to become a doctor. I am now the departmental GP at Warrington A&E.

I love the unpredictability of my working day - the opportunity to meet interesting people from all walks of life, the opportunities to be involved in a variety of clinical setting and the excitement of responding to major trauma on blue lights and working with some incredibly dedicated people. Warrington is my home town and I'm proud to serve the community in the variety of roles I've achieved."

You can view a full round up of the campaign, including nostalgic photos, on our storify.

To share what your organisation is doing to recruit young people into the workforce please contact us. You can also follow @ThinkFuture on Twitter and join the conversation using the hashtag #NHSwhereIstarted.

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