A new centre was officially opened on the 27th April at Chorley and South Ribble Hospital. The LIFE centre is a flagship project which is designed to promote careers in the NHS. The unit has a mocked up ward, a mobile education unit, a dummy A&E and e-ray room. The aim is to show students what it is really like to work in the NHS in a variety of roles. It will be used by local students but also available from people further afield. Jackie Higham the “Widening Participation Manager” stated “the aim of this facility is to highlight the importance of careers in the health sector and the NHS”.
Independent Living Care Manager (Amanda Singleton) stated “it is great that we have this facility in Chorley. We are finding that in both care and health it is becoming harder to recruit people. For whatever reason at present it seems difficult to attract new employees and we are all hearing about the deficit of care care and the number of unfilled vacancies in the NHS. Showing young people what it is like to work in the sector and the range of jobs available can only be a good thing”.