The role of Laundry assistant

Step into The NHS Schools Competition Regional Winners

Health Education England (HEE) is delighted to announce that students from St Edwards C of E Academy, Leek, Staffs are the West Midlands regional winners of the Step into the NHS national schools’ competition

Year 8 students Evie Cartwright, Abbiegail Fryer-Winder and Chloe Kent impressed the judges with their entry to promote the role of a laundry assistant to their peers. Evie, Abbiegail and Chloe brought the role of a laundry assistant to life by creating a poster including clothing items that describe the role, hanging on a washing line. Now in its ninth year, the competition attracted numerous entries from up and down the country and more than 2,000 students got involved. The competition aims to promote the 350 plus careers available in health and students were tasked with designing an advertisement and job description for their chosen role. They could work individually or in groups of up to four. Miss Lisa Newport, progress leader of year 8 at St Edwards church of England Academy School said: “The school were very proud of the winning team’s achievement and their imaginative and creative project. A thoroughly enjoyable experience from start to finish!”  Evie, Abbiegail and Chloe said “We chose the role of a laundry assistant to show that anyone can work in a hospital and that you don’t need any special qualifications ” Nicola Sherwood, apprenticeships and career development facilitator at South Staffordshire and Shropshire NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Congratulations to Evie, Abbiegail, Chloe and St Edwards Church of England Academy for their fantastic entry. Young people are extremely important to the future of the NHS workforce. It is important that the NHS engages with young people now and lets them know about the wealth of career opportunities. “There are more than 350 different careers to choose from in health and jobs range from community matron, dietician or public health analyst to a finance manager or web developer. Initiatives such as the schools competition really help to raise awareness of this.”