Inspiring the next generation of Allied Health Professionals
On 22nd November the ESO welcomed schools from across Kent to its Boxley campus for a careers event dedicated to the Allied Health Professions*. Representatives from most AHPs took part, with talks and workshops provided by a Radiographer, Occupational Therapist, Paramedics and Careers Advisers. The ESO gave rolling 25-minute talkshops and technique demonstrations plus 2 interactive workshops covering Anatomy and Postural Stability.
ESO Principal and CEO Ian Fraser comments “We were really pleased to hold this event at Boxley House, joining forces with fellow healthcare professionals to inspire Kent’s young people. Often when considering health careers, thoughts turn to doctors, nurses, dentists but there are so many more opportunities out there; careers such as osteopathy can be equally fulfilling and, potentially, more suitable and appealing for that individual’s ambitions. By holding the event at our Boxley campus we were able to introduce osteopathy and showcase the ESO’s outstanding degree programme and unique teaching facilities.”
The AHP event was developed and delivered in partnership with Education Business Partnership Kent. EBP is a not-for-profit organisation that helps equip young people with a better understanding of personal skills and their future choices. Attendance was limited to 14 Kent schools, with up to 10 specially selected pupils aged 15-18 years from each – on the day, 135 pupils attended along with their careers teachers. The event proved to be a great success, with positive feedback from our visitors:-
‘Really good event. Everything I was interested in was covered in at least one of the areas.’ Student
‘Brilliant, eye-opening experience.’ Student
‘Really lovely day. All of the employers were really friendly and interesting. Would definitely participate again.’ Student
‘Informative. Inclusive and a wide variety of subjects.’ Student
‘Very informative, excellent day that has engaged all of our students.’ Teacher
‘The whole day was really informative and the employers were lovely and very good at engaging young people.’ Teacher
‘Such a good day for our students. Thank you very much.’ Teacher
‘Best trip we have had in a long time! Educational, informative, friendly and engaging.’ Teacher
If you’re an Osteopath and would like to help inspire the next generation, why not provide a talk at your local school. You can also volunteer your time through the Inspiring the Future website www.inspiringthefuture.org. To find out how you could help support the ESO’s outreach initiatives contact our Admissions team on 01622 671558 / email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The ESO is happy to consider invitations to speak at careers events. If you would like to discuss support for your school or college please contact our Admission team.
*Information about all 14 Allied Health Professions can be found on the Health Careers website