Who we are
Northamptonshire Health and Care Careers Academy exists to encourage the next generation of health and social care workers. It brings together health and care organisations from across the county. The Academy offers easy access to the wide variety of careers and programmes available.
We are part of Northamptonshire Health and Care Partnership (NHCP), consisting of key health and care organisations in the county. These include:
- Our general hospitals
- Community health services
- GP practices
- Social care
- Local government
- Voluntary and community services
- Ambulance service
- Health and care commissioners
We work together to offer health and care services to those living in Northamptonshire.
How we can help you
This section of our website is for teachers and careers. It has everything you need to know about health and social care careers in one place. There is information to support conversations with post-16 choices and next steps, including college, sixth form and university. Plus, there is information on specific roles in health and care, as well as the subjects needed to gain entry.
The site also refers to the Gatsby benchmarks, explaining how these are met. Plus, there is local labour information and more. We want this to be your localised one-stop-shop of information!
Supporting widening participation
Nationally there is a drive to engage with schools and communities to build a diverse healthcare team. In Northamptonshire we work with young people regardless of social background who are interested in health and care work. We are working hard to make sure disadvantaged young people can access opportunities and overcome any barriers by seeking to tackle problems through action.
We are working with the following underrepresented groups across Northamptonshire:
- People within areas of high social deprivation (Wellingborough, Corby, Kettering, Northampton)
- Households on a single income with dependent children
- Those in and coming out of the care system
- Households with access to food vouchers
- People with disabilities, mental and physical health conditions or learning difficulties
- Ethnic minority groups (focus on young black/black British in Northamptonshire)
- Returners to work with caring responsibilities
- Some people aged 50 or over with low levels of transferable and digital skills
- Individuals who are homeless or in temporary accommodation
Building on strong relationships with education and local government, we're looking to offer new opportunities for these groups. We now offer the NHS Cadets programme alongside St John Ambulance and NHS England. This supports 14- to 16-year-olds that sit within the above underrepresented groups and plan to expand this offer early 2022.