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Junior and Senior Academy

Nurturing the next generation of health and social care talent

Ever wondered what an Optometrist does in their day job? Or what all the different uniforms mean in a care environment? Or why hospitals have libraries?

We are excited to offer young inspiring minds the opportunity to find out the answers to all the above questions with our new Junior and Senior Health and Care Programmes.

With an aging population and disparate Norfolk landscape, it is vital to engage with our younger generations and empower them with both life skills and increased confidence to expand the numbers of entrants into health and social care careers, such as nursing and midwifery.

Our Academies

Our Academies

Working with our local schools and colleges, these programmes are an exciting opportunity to get a look and feel of what it is like to work across both the NHS and Social Care.

Young students will be taken on an informative journey, meeting a range of health and social care professionals from a range of care settings to provide both life skills and increased confidence and knowledge into a variety of healthcare careers.

  • Junior Academy is for 14 / 15 year olds which involves a 1-day session within a hospital environment
  • Senior Healthcare Academy is for  16 / 17 year old students and is a six-month programme encompassing  of 2 full days or a half day sessions per month. This will run alongside your school’s curriculum meaning students can continue their college studies.

Happy healthy people providing excellent compassionate care

What do the Academies involve?

The Academies support curiosity, to try new things and support students develop confidence and understanding of what it is like to move into the working world. Session will include skills such as time management, resilience and self-awareness alongside practical C.V. writing,  Interview advice and guidance, First Aid, Resus, Simulation, Leg dressings, Manual Handling, Infection Control.

We hope to support and encourage progression and increase understanding in making the right choice into career such as nursing, midwifery or healthcare science.

Due to the geographical size of our system, the Academy programmes will be delivered over three ‘hub’ sites – the East Norfolk, West Norfolk, and Central Norfolk. Our celebration event will bring students from all three hubs together, further enhancing the ability for learning and sharing of experiences.

What do the Academies involve?

”I have become so much more confident and learned so many valuable skills. It has given me experience and opportunties which I wouldn’t have recieved elsewhere.”

Previous Student participant
Class of 2019

Caught your interest? Contacts and Links

Central Hub – Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital
01603 286630

Project Lead: Anna Huggins –
Project Support: Ryan Slater –

East Hub – James Paget University Hospital
01493 453669

Project Lead: Cherry Townsend –
Project Support: Stevi Bayes –

NHS Careers

Health Education England

Example schedule of the full Academy Programme


Portfolio of Learning