Young students secure prestigious placements with local NHS Trust


Five T Level Health Science students from Fareham College have been successful in securing an industry placement working with the local NHS Trust, Southern Health.


Millie Mortimore, Ellis Ravenhall, Hannah Newton, Megan Avis and Isabelle Symes, aged 17 and 18 from Fareham, Portsmouth and Lee-on-the-Solent, all applied for the placement earlier in the year, successfully making it through the application and interview stage. The programme saw the students working alongside NHS staff at Gosport War Memorial Hospital and Petersfield Hospital (across a number of wards) and also gaining valuable community healthcare experience with the Fareham Integrated Community Team.


Catherine Willson, Practice Educator for Adult Nursing at Southern Health, hosted an induction for the students in April, extending her congratulations for being successful and providing further information about the placement programme and what they can expect to gain from it.

She explained: “We are delighted to support these students on placement in some of our clinical areas and give them first-hand experience of their chosen careers. The students will gain an insight into the routines of a clinical environment, understand the different roles and responsibilities of a diverse team, begin to understand the needs of patients and how they are being met and develop valuable core skills such as communication. These placements will provide students with the skills, behaviours, and knowledge that the health service needs, giving us an exciting opportunity to shape the future NHS workforce.”


Faculty Director for Health, Science and Education, Michelle Young said: “We are delighted to be working closely with Southern Health and other NHS Trusts to establish these new qualifications. Getting support from our NHS partners has been challenging as they have been so focused on dealing with the pandemic but we know the experiences that our students will gain from this programme are going to really set them up for their future careers.”


Hannah Newton added: “I think that the Southern Health placement will be incredibly beneficial – as I will gain transferable knowledge that will benefit me in my future career.”


T Level study programmes are a new qualification that focuses on developing high-level technical and work-ready skills to meet existing and future skills gaps. Industry placements form a vital component, with students expected to complete a minimum of 315 hours (45 days) in the workplace. These opportunities provide invaluable insights into the industry, structured technical training and the chance to develop core competencies required in the workplace, such as effective communication, networking and time management