Futures Programme

The Futures Programme was created to equip students with the tools to follow their aspirations of qualifying into a role in healthcare within the NHS. We run a series of programmes, currently Future Doctor, Future Nurse and Future Pharmacist, and are aiming to expand this in the future.

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 specific details on each programme or please contact Molly Butcher (molly.butcher@nhs.net).

doctor

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.

Currently we are aiming to run this programme in a yearly cycle with the events below:

 

Febuary/March – Should I Become a Doctor?

This event is aimed at Year 9-11 students who are currently deciding whether medicine is the right degree for them. Our student ambassadors talk through the application process and the degree itself, including university life and how to weigh up the benefits and difficulties of the course.

This year, the event was held on Zoom and Twitch over multiple dates.

Summer – Future Doctor

This programme is designed for students who are about to apply in October to medical schools. These events focus on:

  • The UCAT
  • UCAS Application
  • Personal Statements
  • Interviews

with interactive presentations on each, giving tips and insight into each of the sections. There will be a chance for students to ask our current medical student ambassadors any questions.

October – Pre-application Panel

We understand that October becomes a stressful time for prospective medical students who are about to submit their UCAS application, therefore we hold a small panel event where students are able to join and ask us any questions or seek advice.

December- Interview course

Last December we held our new interview course for the first time. This was put together as students had to adapt with COVID to new online interviews. We held an interactive workshop with top tips and students were able to listen to previous applicants’ experiences. Each student also had a mock Interview, and then received personal feedback about what they did well and areas to improve. This was successful and we aim to hold it again this December.

Future Doctor event March 2021

nurse

Future Nurse was created following the success of the Future Doctor programme to help aid people into nursing careers. We understand that there are many pathways into this profession that may seem daunting or hard to understand, therefore our team and student ambassadors aim to give insight into these, and aid secondary school students on their path into nursing.

June – Future Nurse

An event for year 10-12 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.

September– Future Nurse Q&A event

An event for year 12 students with the opportunity to ask any questions you have about studying nursing and becoming a nurse.

December– Future Nurse: Supporting UCAS Applications

An event for year 13 students with top tips for completing your UCAS application.

Recordings of Previous Events

Future Nurse event 15/09/2021

Pharmacist

Future Pharmacist is a new programme set up following the success of the other Future programmes. Our pilot event aimed at years 9+ interested in a career in pharmacy took place on Thursday 23rd September 2021. Please see below for a recording of the event.

Recordings of Previous Events

Future Pharmacist event 23/09/2021

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 and live, or are studying in Lincolnshire, please complete the application form below and return it to ruth.pollock@nhs.net before 5pm on Monday 24th January.

You will then be sent an invitation to attend an information event during which you will be able to sign up to the mentoring scheme and be matched with a mentor.  This event will be on Wednesday 26th January, 5.30-6.30pm.