Inspiring the Future: becoming a health ambassador
The Inspiring the Future website is a national site that school teachers can use to locate local people working in any job to ask for their help at a school event. It might be to give careers talk, staff a stand at a careers fair, talk to individual students about their university applications or help them with their CV etc. All you commit to is one hour a year and it is entirely voluntary. The sign-up process is straight forward by accessing inspiringthefuture.org.
Our health and social care workforce is facing increasing pressures to be able to provide a workforce which is large enough, and has the right values and behaviours to provide excellent care and support to patients and public. This makes it all the more important that we do everything we can to attract more people into medical and non-medical roles. Competition is high and so we need to start at the school level by growing the number of ‘health ambassadors’ in our system who can promote the opportunities different roles in health and social care settings can offer young people.
If a school would like your help they will contact you by email with details of the event/session. You then have the option to select yes, no or maybe so, if it isn’t a convenient time, you can decline fairly easily.
We would encourage anyone working in general practice or other specialty areas to sign up to the register today. Drs, nurses, pharmacists, practice managers, and other key members of teams will all have something valuable to share with young people about the opportunities working in health and social care setting has.
How can I become a health ambassador?
Go to the Inspiring the Future website inspiringthefuture.org and register your details
What support is there for me?
At the moment our focus is on general practice roles. If you are working in another specialty area then you can contact your specialty school coordinator at Health Education England to see what resources are available for you.
For people working in general practice, a downloadable pack can be found below. This includes a checklist for you to consider prior to visiting a school/college/medical school, leaflets on careers, information on development options, and cards to hand out linking people to this website for more information on work experience, apprenticeships and taster placements for medical trainees/pre-registration students.
You can also contact your Health Education England local bands 1-4 lead for guidance:
- Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Sallyann.firstname.lastname@example.org
- Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire email@example.com
- Norfolk and Suffolk firstname.lastname@example.org
- Essex email@example.com
Remember on visits you should be careful not to be placed in a vulnerable position with young people. If you have any concerns or would like some guidance, your bands 1-4 lead will be able to help.
Tell us about your experience!
We would love to hear about your experience of participating in this programme. If you participate in a visit, careers fair, or provide support to young people in another way, it would be great to record this for sharing with others. Please send a short summary, along with any photos from the day (subject to consent) and we will use this to promote the role of the health ambassador.
You can also Tweet on the day using #HEEHealthAmbassador