Making song and dance about NHS

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YOUNG people of Bulwell Academy have found out that there can be a fun side to the National Health Service (NHS).

A theatre group which specialises in providing information about careers entertained the youngsters with a play when a ‘careers day’ took place at the academy, at the junction of Squires Avenue and Hucknall Lane.

The production was put on to show that the NHS is, amazingly, the seventh largest employer in the world, including those who work in the related industries of construction, warehousing, social care, medical science and even gardening.

The plot centred on a group of students trying to find a friend who has suffered an accident. They visit numerous departments of the NHS before they finally track down their pal, who is making a good recovery.

“It was a high-energy and successful initiative,” said the academy’s business and enterprise director, Alison Bingham. “In a humorous way, it got the message across to our year-eight group that the NHS offers a wide variety of job opportunities, some of a kind which they may not have expected.

“The attention of the students was gripped from start to finish. Even members of our staff had no idea of the range of careers offered by the NHS.

“The academy has an excellent reputation in terms of helping our young people to gain health and social-care qualifications and showing how they can use them.

“We are always on the lookout for new ways of signposting ways for our students to choose a suitable career.”

The £23 million academy was opened in September 2009 after the closure of Bulwell’s two comprehensive schools — River Leen, which is on the academy site, and Henry Mellish on Highbury Road. It has more than 1,000 pupils and there are a further 250 places for students over 16.

The academy, which specialises in business and enterprise skills development, is sponsored by the education foundation, Edge.

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