I’m a Medic, supported by Health Education England (HEE) set out to address a gap in outreach provision. The pilot programme in January 2019 was aimed at Year 8 students in schools that get below average outreach from medical schools. The aim was to show students the breadth of career opportunities in the NHS and help them feel that some of those careers could be for them. This evaluation finds that I’m a Medic helps students see the breadth of jobs and routes available to them, and that they could find a career in the NHS. Using qualitative methods such as analysis of questions asked, focus groups, interviews and open-ended survey questions, the evaluation also highlighted that I’m a Medic has some rare qualities that make it particularly effective. “ [I learned] that their are over 350 jobs at the NHS as there could be a job for all … Continue reading
One of the benefits of having an academic as a partner on our project is the more rigorous and detached analysis of the activity. They also have the training and culture to write up that analysis for publication in an academic journal. Dr Paul Garrud led the writing that resulted in an article about I’m a Medic in MedEdPublish. “I’m a Medic” – a web-based, social capital approach to health careers The format helpfully asks you to consider Take Home Messages. Our lead was: “Investment in careers outreach risks increasing inequality unless it is designed to be able to reach all schools regardless of geography.” This is central to our mission. Careers outreach must be designed to reach all students or risk increasing inequality.
In 2017 Health Education England funded Mangorolla CIC to work with The University of Nottingham, The University of Leicester, and Derby and Derbyshire LMC to pilot the I’m a Medic, Get me out of here programme in the East Midlands. The programme was based on the long running I’m a… series of projects including I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here, running since 2008; I’m an Engineer, Get me out of here, running since 2012; and I’m an Astronaut, Get me out of here which ran in 2015–16. This report summarises the work done and the impact on students, teachers, and healthcare professionals. The intended audience is Health Education England, and potential partners looking to develop digital healthcare engagement programmes. Download the evaluation report here [PDF] 3 General Practice Zones were run across 2017 and 2018. Across the 3 events 878 students logged in from 30 schools across the … Continue reading