Headlines: September 17th, 1998

The NHS is learning from the doctors and nurses of tomorrow what would make the service an attractive career.Secondary school pupils are being invited to make a radio commercial aimed at recruiting NHS staff.The winning entries get a host of prizes and may even be played on national radio.

Health Minister Alan Milburn said: “The NHS is Britain’s biggest employer. It offers youngsters a wide variety of careers which are both rewarding and secure. We want to make sure school leavers and their career advisors have an up to date view of the wide range of the opportunities that the NHS has to offer.”

In an example of joint working, the competition has been worked up with education specialists to qualify as a learning exercise under the national curriculum.

“Make some noise – tune into the NHS” will be a useful tool for teachers even if their schools do not enter the competition. Teachers and careers advisors should call 0845 605 0216 for entry packs.

The competition is part of a series of wider initiatives which aim to improve recruitment, retention and return to practice.