"The staff who attended this year's award ceremony came from many different backgrounds and it was fascinating to listen to their personal stories and hear about some of the changes they had witnessed during their long NHS careers
They were keen to tell us about their NHS careers
and their families and why we should trust them but that's not good enough.
A wide range of leading employers and training organisations, including Toyota, Jaguar Landrover, BAE Systems, High Speed Two, IBM and NHS Careers
, as well as colleges, training providers and careers advisers, will be on site.
"People might assume that everyone in the NHS is involved in treating patients directly - such as doctors, nurses, midwives and paramedics," says Alan Simmons from NHS Careers
. "However, there are many other opportunities, for example in finance, catering and surveying."
| During a NHS Careers
Convention at North Tees Hospital in July 1999, Lindsey Patti-|son of Bishopsgarth School was being shown how to use a microscope by Sean Barnett, laboratory manager
British Society of Dental |Hygiene and Therapy - www.bsdht.org.uk General Dental Council - |www.gdc-uk.org NHS Careers
More information Nursing and Midwifery |Council (NMC), 020 7333 9333, www.nmc-uk.org Health Learning and Skills |Advice Line, 08000 150 850 Skills for Health, 0117 922 |1155 NHS Careers
, 0345 60 60 | 655, www.nhscareers.nhs.uk National Leadership and |Innovation Agency for Healthcare, 01443 233 333 www.nliah.wales.nhs.uk Details for careers informa-|tion only.
Why spend money on advertising, relocating and paying salaries in excess of PS30,000 a year to foreign midwives who might not speak good English and haven't been trained to UK level?" I checked the NHS Careers
site and, sure enough, there's special advice for midwives coming here from Romania and Bulgaria.
If you think there might be a career in the NHS for you, why not explore some of the main career areas on the home page or call NHS Careers
on 0345 60 60 655.
If you know anyone interested in becoming a health visitor, or ex-colleagues who would like to return, direct them to the NHS Careers
A JOB WELL DONE: BBC Coventry and Warwickshire presenter Bob Brolly (centre) joins NHS Careers
Ambassadors as University Hospital to celebrate their hard work and commitment over the past year