Image of first cohort of volunteer to career candidatesThe Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH) has secured a grant from Health Education England to launch a new Volunteer to Career Programme. The initiative aims to support individuals who are interested in pursuing a career in the healthcare sector, particularly in midwifery.

Rachel Higgins, the Project Lead, and Rachel Armstrong, the Clinical Lead, are excited to lead the Volunteer to Career Programme, which provides a new and unique opportunity for individuals to pursue a career in healthcare.

The Volunteer to Career Programme is open to individuals with no previous experience or qualifications in healthcare. The first cohort of 15 volunteers was welcomed to the Trust on the 4th of April. The volunteers were introduced to the scheme by the Postnatal Matrons and participated in useful Q&A sessions, networking, and a chance to speak with Maternity staff.

Throughout the programme, clinical leads will support sessions that provide information, support, and guidance for the development of their projects. The volunteers will also receive mentoring from experienced clinicians to help them secure a career in midwifery and/or apply for jobs at SaTH.

Julia Clarke, Director of Public Participation, said “This incredible initiative provides an exceptional chance for individuals to explore their passions, expand their knowledge, and is particularly advantageous for those aspiring to pursue a career in the NHS. Volunteering has been a valuable pathway for our volunteers to advance their careers within the NHS, and this program supports that even further.”

Applications for the next cohort are open now, and SaTH welcomes individuals who are interested in pursuing a career in midwifery to apply. This is an opportunity for individuals to gain valuable experience, support, and guidance as they work towards a career in healthcare.

For more information and to apply, please visit the SaTH website: