Real-life story - Alison Crawford
Alison joined the NHS straight from school at 16, and spent six months supporting the biomedical scientists in the pathology department.
How I got into the role/scheme/apprenticeship?
After completing my GCSEs , I spent six months supporting the biomedical scientists in the pathology department at Northampton General Hospital.
Although I enjoyed the work, I was keen to take on more responsibility and develop my skills. So when my manager suggested I enrol for Biology and Chemistry A-levels, as part of my development, I jumped at the chance. The NHS funded the courses for me, and gave me time off when I needed it.
The best bits and challenges
It’s been a real challenge combining work and study, but very rewarding. It’s also given me the chance to put what I learn at college to good use at work.
The training and development opportunities here are excellent and it’s really encouraging to think that people from all backgrounds can have a great career in the NHS.
At the moment I am taking a break from studying, and focusing on my role here at the hospital. However, depending on what direction my career takes from now, I may take further qualifications at a later date.