Futures Programme

The Futures Programme was created to equip secondary school students with the tools to follow their aspirations of entering a healthcare career within the NHS. We run a series of programmes, including Future Doctor, Future Nurse, Future Pharmacist and Future Healthcare Professional.

Aided by our student ambassadors, we run events throughout the university application process to help pupils reach their full potential and achieve their dreams. These range from presentations explaining what the different professions are and how to know if they are suited to you, to more specific courses like mock interviews for students in the present application cycle. We also show insight into the other entrances into healthcare roles.

For further information, use the drop downs below to see more details on each programme.

If you have any queries or wish to be added to our mailing list for Futures Programme events, please contact ruth.pollock@nhs.net.

I have participated in many of your [Futures Programme] events over the past year and have just received a [university medical school] offer so I want to say thanks 😊

Secondary school student


Future Doctor was created by current medical students after experiencing the daunting process of Medical School application, and wishing they had better resources and help while going through this.

Our planned schedule for 2023 is as follows:



Future Doctor: Should I Become a Doctor? An interactive webinar exploring medicine as a career. For year 9+ students.



Future Doctor: A-level revision course. Biology/chemistry revision including application to the field of medicine.

For year 13 students.

June Future Doctor: Should I Become a Doctor? An interactive webinar exploring medicine as a career. For year 9+ students.
June Future Doctor: UCAT. Top tips and practice questions. For year 12 students.
July Future Doctor: Virtual Work Experience. Content includes history and examination skills and case discussions. Senior medical students will talk about life on the wards and on their placements. For year 11 and 12 students.
September Future Doctor: Application to medicine course. Personal statement help, a summary of the application process, a simulated mock patient, medical ethics and year 13/A-level top tips. For year 13 students.
October Future Doctor: Interview Course. Tips to improve your interview skills, including a practice interview. For year 13 students.


Future Nurse was created following the success of the Future Doctor programme to help aid people into nursing careers. The online events provide secondary school students with details of entrance routes and course requirements for studying nursing, information about life as a nursing student, an insight into day-to-day life as a qualified nurse and the chance to ask any questions you have about nursing. We also provide an insight into the nursing associate role and explain about apprenticeship routes.

Future Nurse events typically take place in May and September.


Future Pharmacist was set up following the success of the other Futures programmes. The online events provide secondary school students with details of entrance routes and course requirements for studying pharmacy, information about life as a pharmacy student, an insight into day-to-day life as a qualified pharmacist and the chance to ask any questions you have about pharmacy.

Future Pharmacist events typically take place in June and October.

Our Future Healthcare Professional programme is aimed at younger secondary school students looking to explore a variety of roles within the healthcare sector. This interactive webinar covers careers in medicine, nursing, pharmacy, paramedic science, occupational therapy and non-clinical roles.

Future Healthcare Professional events are typically run in February and September.

Recording of March 2023 Future Healthcare Professional event

Events Currently Open for Application

Future Doctor: Should I Become a Doctor? 13th June @ 6:30-8:00pm

This presentation, held by medical students, is designed to help Year 9 – 12 students decide whether ‘Medicine’ is for them. It could also be helpful for anyone else seeking information about the Medicine Application Process – including parents and teachers.

The event will be held on 13th June between 6:30-8pm on Zoom. Please fill in the sign-up form below to receive the log in details:

The evening will include:

  • How Do I Know Medicine is Right for Me?
  • The Application Process
  • The Medical Degree / Life as a Medic
  • Foundation Years (Post Degree)

The discussion will be led by our Student Ambassadors, who are all in varying stages of their medical degrees. There will be time at the end to ask questions.

If you have any more questions, please contact molly.butcher@nhs.net

Future Pharmacist

Are you in year 9-13 and interested in a career in healthcare? Join our online Future Pharmacist event on Thursday 15th June 2023 from 7pm-8.30pm to find out more about studying pharmacy and life as a qualified clinical pharmacist.

Book your free place here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/638287995577

Lincolnshire Training Hub Future Healthcare Mentoring Programme

Are you applying to study healthcare at University?

Lincolnshire Training Hub Future Healthcare Mentoring Programme works with the Brightside Mentoring Platform.  We will match you with a mentor who is a student studying Medicine, Pharmacy, Paramedic Science or Nursing.

How does the mentor programme work?

  • We give you mentors to help you think about and work towards your future goals
  • All communication takes place online so you can access mentoring from anywhere and contact your mentor at anytime

Having a mentor benefits you if you:

  • Want 1:1, personalised support and advice to help build your confidence
  • Would like personalised support writing your application for university
  • Are curious about student life, student finance and next steps after applications

Feedback for other Brightside Mentor Programmes:

  • “I think this experience helped me a lot with my decisions and I am glad I had the chance to ask all my questions about University. My mentor was really lovely and very understanding.”
  • “My mentor was well matched to me as she is in uni and is studying a science subject. She also replied regularly and was a good help overall.”
  • “My university student mentor understood me, she didn’t go on and judge me and I’m thankful for that. She gave me a range of options to look into which I’d never even thought about nor considered. She opened up my options to my future…I will now look at the further options that she opened up for me. Thank you for pairing me up with her, she was amazing!”

How do I sign up?

If you are in Year 12 or Year 13 and live, or are studying in Lincolnshire, please complete the application form below and return it to ruth.pollock@nhs.net

Rural and Coastal programme

LTH has been granted funding by Health Education England to deliver a bespoke Futures package for schools on the East Coast and in rural areas of Lincolnshire as part of a transformational Rural and Coastal programme. The aim of this targeted offering is to widen participation and raise aspirations in hard-to-reach areas of the county.
The bespoke package includes the following elements:

  • I’m a Medic, Get Me Out of Here schools outreach programme
  • Online Futures Programme
  • Face-to-face school visits
  • Targeted Future Healthcare Mentoring Programme
  • Collaboration with the Lincolnshire Health and Care Apprentice Centre

Huge thanks for working with our students on Friday, the feedback from students was hugely positive and they thoroughly enjoyed and learned a huge amount from the experience. It opened all of their eyes to the wealth of career opportunities in the NHS.

QEHS School In Gainsborough