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20 February 2012
Young people from across south and mid Wales will gather at a conference this week to find out about the diversity of training and career options in healthcare in Wales.
Around one hundred Year 12 pupils have signed up to Cardiff University’s Care for the Future Conference which aims to provide an insight into the training and work of healthcare professionals in areas such as physiotherapy, radiotherapy, occupational therapy, nursing, midwifery, radiography and operating departmental practice.
Run by the Schools of Healthcare Studies, and Nursing and Midwifery Studies, students will spend a day at the University’s Heath Park Campus hearing firsthand accounts of working on the frontline of healthcare in Wales and taking part in interactive workshops.
Nina Cogger, Widening Access Coordinator at the School of Healthcare Studies, said: "Healthcare needs are changing as people live longer and medicine advances. Increasingly, more care is being provided in the community, which has led to more opportunities for clinicians to work in specialist areas, health, social care and third sector and community.
"These young people are our future health and social care providers. It’s our aim to introduce some of the lesser-known careers and put them in touch with actual health professionals to learn about their day-to-day jobs."
Alongside the interactive workshops and demonstrations the students will also have the opportunity to hear about the benefits of a higher education and university life.
Vicki Roylance, Senior Widening Access Officer for Cardiff University, said; "The conference will help young people find out more about studying a health subject at university and the career beyond. It will help them to understand the skills needed for such a caring profession as they will listen to real-life scenarios told by real health professionals."
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