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Inspired by her experience

‘I’m proud of what I’ve achieved — the young, black female who was able to further her career and progress in the NHS with the support from the Volunteering and Staffing Bank teams.’

18-year-old Debbie wanted to pursue a career in medicine, so joined the Royal Wolverhampton Trust volunteers programme — hoping the experience of working in a healthcare setting would support with her university applications.

‘It was about getting exposure ahead of my course. I also wanted to do my bit to support the NHS during the highly pressured COVID-19 pandemic, especially as I could see on the news how stretched the clinicians were.’

Having started in September 2020, Debbie worked across several areas including the virtual COVID-19 ward (which remotely supported patients who were on oxygen at home) to the vaccination hub and the elderly care wards. I think elderly care was my favourite because of the interaction with patients.

'It wasn’t just about keeping them fed and watered; it was about keeping them company, which was so important when visiting was restricted.’

I loved hearing about the lives of the patients as it really opens your mind-set as to what people are going through and it makes you more empathetic. Seeing the smiles on the patients’ faces was truly the best thing about the programme.’

Inspired by her experience, Debbie went on to secure employment as a healthcare assistant on the Trust’s Staffing Bank, meaning she could select shifts around her studies while undergoing her final year at school.

She recently submitted her application to medical school and is waiting to hear back on next steps. Good luck Debbie!

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