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The corporate governance team of Sheridan Osbourne (left) and Jacqui Maurice (centre) who are running this year's event for young people. Also pictured (right) is Chris Allcock, trust secretary.

Bradford's hospitals are to give young people a rare chance to find out what it is like to work in the NHS.

The insight into the work of the Bradford Royal Infirmary “ which treats thousands of patients each week “ is among the highlights of this year's annual event, designed to showcase the different careers offered by the local NHS.

"The young people will also get the opportunity to hear about how they can gain work experience, as well as volunteering and education opportunities at our hospital,

said event organiser, corporate governance manager Jacqui Maurice.

Twenty-three different services and departments including nutrition, dietetics, diabetes and non-clinical support services, will be staging interactive displays during the event at Field House, Bradford Royal Infirmary, on March 20 between 10am and 1pm.

Students will also get the opportunity to tour the hospital's state-of-the-art simulation centre which aims to give Bradford healthcare professionals the best training that the region can offer.

The centre, which opened in 2011, consists of several simulated clinical environments including a four-bedded ward, a clinician's consulting room; a discussion room, and a modern operating theatre plus resuscitation area where young people and teachers can recreate real-life medical scenarios.

A pharmacist and medical and nursing students will also be giving presentations outlining their daily work while Bradford University representatives will also give a talk on how students can apply to health courses at their university.

Ms Maurice added:

"The attraction of this event is the direct access to professionals working in the NHS which schools, colleges and the young people themselves have told us is invaluable."

The event, which will focus on health and wellbeing, is organised by Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Bradford Royal Infirmary, St Luke's Hospital and the district's four community hospitals.

Two hundred places are available, so if you are aged between 16 and 21-years-old and would like to attend this event, please email Sheridan.osbourne@bthft.nhs.uk for a booking form.

A number of external organisations will be joining the event, including Yorkshire Ambulance Service, Bradford District Care Team, Bradford University's School of Health Studies, the Royal Navy and Bradford Council's Information Shop for Young People.