2019/20 winners of Step into the NHS secondary schools' competition

We’d like to thank all the schools and students who submitted entries into the 2019/20 Step into the NHS secondary schools' competition. 

The competition saw students in years 7-9 from all over England take part, and the judges were very impressed with the standard of the entries!  Trainee GP Dr Tom Watchman, career leader Jennie Cole and NHS DNA investigator and England Netball star Rachel Dunn all considered the regional entries carefully before choosing a national winning entry.

National winners

Many congratulations go to this year’s national competition winners: Sara Abdulhadi, Sofia Lotto, Holly McPartland and Lily Jones from The Belvedere Academy in Liverpool!

The girls created a fun and informative video to showcase the role of an NHS innovation consultant.  Their entry stood out to our judges, meaning that they scoop this year's top prize of a £50 Amazon voucher each. Well done all!

One of the Step into the NHS judges, Dr Thomas Watchman, commented: "Your video on innovation consultants was incredible. The animation was fun, exciting, upbeat and innovative! I liked how quick and snappy it was and it kept me engaged and interested. There was plenty of variety in the video, with information about the job, some pictures and videos of the innovations and descriptions of what it involves. I think you have done an amazing job demonstrating innovation with your video and presentation style."

Regional winners

We received some fantastic entries from all over England, and chose the best from each region: 

East Midlands

Grace Hughes from South Wigston High School in Leicester, who created an interactive children's ward model for the role of paediatrician.

East of England

Lottie Park from St Clement Danes School in Hertfordshire, who created an engaging video for the role of children's nurse. You can watch the video on YouTube here.

Kent, Surrey and Sussex

Madison Lake and Joseph Bayford from The North School in Ashford for creating a fun board game for the role of paramedic.


Ella Cuffy-Underwood, Jennifer Okoro, Violet Whelan from Sacred Heart High School in Hammersmith for creating an informative website for the role of midwife.

North east

Lily Cutter from St Hild's Church of England School in Hartlepool for an interactive mix-and-match game for the role of midwife.

South west

Libby Byam, Lucy Notley, Sophie Simmonds and Zoe Dinkele from South Wilts Grammar School in Salisbury for designing informative wooden blocks for the role of children's nurse.

Thames Valley and Wessex

Millie Abbott, Flossie Duncan, Nyah McLachlan and Maya Pearce from Bohunt School in Hampshire for designing an informative website for the role of neonatal nurse.

West Midlands 

Seth Fisher from King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Boys in Birmingham for creating a highly-original cardboard pinball machine (in full working order!) for the role of biomedical scientist.

Yorkshire and the Humber

Tegan Butcher from Wingfield Academy in Rotherham for a creating a colourful and informative folder for the role of play specialist.

2019/20 numbers

Our 2019/20 competition attracted an impressive 1,784 entries from 124 schools. We know that more than 3,232 students got involved, but the figure could be closer to 12,000 because many schools shortlisted their entries before submitting the best ones. 

2020/21 competition

The 2020/21 competition will be launching in the autumn on the Step into the NHS website. Please keep an eye out for our announcements!

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