Press Release: NHS Leaders in Scotland Set to Inspire the Workforce of the Future

19 September 2018

A range of NHS leaders will be giving their time to inspire the workforce of the future, as part of the NHS 70th celebrations in Scotland.

Talks will take place in secondary schools around the country from today (19 September 2018) where senior professionals with different specialties will lift the lid on their career path to encourage young people to consider working in the NHS.

The ten-date programme, delivered by charity Speakers for Schools, has been designed to highlight the opportunities pursuing science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects can open up and give students the chance to ask questions of those at the top of their profession.

Dr Dave Caesar, Consultant in Emergency Medicine for NHS Lothian will be the first to return to the classroom, speaking with students in St Augustine’s High School in Edinburgh.

Other speakers confirmed for the programme include Professor Jason Leitch, National Clinical Director, Healthcare Quality & Improvement, Catherine Calderwood, Chief Medical Officer for Scotland, Professor Fiona McQueen, Chief Nursing Officer for Scotland and Angiolina Foster CBE, CEO, NHS 24.

Speakers for Schools, launched in 2011 by the journalist Robert Peston, was created so that every state school student has the chance to be inspired and informed by the leaders of today.

Their programme is free and open to all Scottish state secondary schools looking for the opportunity to host high-profile speakers.

The Scottish NHS 70 speaker programme follows on from a similar initiative in England, run in conjunction with NHS England and NHS Improvement.

Health Secretary, Jeane Freeman said:

“This speakers programme combines two very important celebratory events in Scotland, the 70th anniversary of the NHS and the Year of Young People.

“I’m delighted colleagues have given their time to help inspire students about the value of a career in the NHS and the exciting and fulfilling opportunities it offers.

“As Scotland’s largest employer, the scope of careers is vast, and the anniversary provides the perfect opportunity to shine a light on the vital role NHS staff play in the lives of those who rely on its care every day.”

 

Ashley Hodges, Executive Director of Speakers for Schools said:

“We are thrilled to be working with the NHS in Scotland and their top figures who will be sharing their stories directly with young people to inspire them to consider the amazing opportunities that the NHS offers.

“Their work is important to so many lives, so Speakers for Schools has been delighted to help celebrate and share their work, but also spark a future generation of specialists, carers, leaders and innovators who will power it for years to come.”

 

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For further information contact Linda McIntyre, Smarts Communicate on 0141 222 2040

 

Notes to editors:

For further information on Speakers for Schools, visit www.speakers4schools.org

 

Those participating in the NHS 70 Speakers for Schools programme include:

  • Professor Jason Leitch, National Clinical Director, Healthcare Quality & Improvement, Scottish Government
  • Dr Gregor Smith, Deputy Chief Medical Officer for Scotland, Scottish Government
  • Dr Dave Caesar, Consultant in Emergency Medicine, Scottish Government
  • Shirley Rogers, Director of Health Workforce, Leadership and Service Transformation, Scottish Government
  • Professor Fiona McQueen, Chief Nursing Officer for Scotland, Scottish Government
  • Professor Derek Bell, President, Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
  • Gerry McLaughlin, Chief Executive, NHS Health Scotland
  • Catherine Calderwood, Chief Medical Officer for Scotland, Scottish Government
  • Caroline Lamb, Chief Executive, NHS Education for Scotland
  • Angiolina Foster CBE, CEO, NHS 24