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Healthy interest for pupils

PUBLISHED: 14:55 05 January 2002 | UPDATED: 11:08 03 March 2010

STUDENTS in Suffolk have heard first-hand about life in the NHS.

Healthcare professionals visited Kesgrave High School and Great Finborough Primary School, as part of a series of visits planned by the NHS.

STUDENTS in Suffolk have heard first-hand about life in the NHS.

Healthcare professionals visited Kesgrave High School and Great Finborough Primary School, as part of a series of visits planned by the NHS.

Former midwife and Suffolk healthcare careers advisor Jo Burrows, visited sixth formers at Kesgrave, to tell them about working conditions, pay, holidays and the many careers available in the field.

She was accompanied by Ruth Strudwick the country's radiography recruitment co-ordinator, pharmacist Adrian Barker, and clinical practice facilitator Lisa Johnson who advises on career opportunities for trained nurses.

Mrs Burrows said: "The sixth formers were really interested in the careers available, and were surprised to hear there were so many."

She said they were also interested to hear all NHS training is financially-supported, either by bursaries at university, or in-house at hospital trusts, and added: "Other graduates often leave university with a debt – our usually complete their studies with none at all."

Mrs Burrows also visited seven and eight-year-olds at Great Finborough, and encouraged them to ask questions about how important healthcare workers are, in the community.

Her visits are being sponsored by Young Enterprise, a national educational charity which aims to show how relevant education is to the workplace.

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