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A film by two students about the importance of audiologists has been named as South West winner in a national NHS competition.

Health Education England (HEE)'s Step Into The NHS national schools' competition encouraged students to make a film promoting an NHS role and Joe and Josh created a video about the work of an audiologist.

 The Year 8 students’ film allowed their peers to better understand what an audiologist does on a day-to-day basis.

Watch their film HERE

Now in its eighth year, the competition attracted numerous entries from up and down the country and more than 3,000 students got involved.

The competition was judged by an expert panel including Sir Keith Pearson, chairman of Health Education England, and Ruth Spellman OBE, chief executive of the Workers’ Educational Association.

The competition aims to promote the 350-plus careers available in health and students were tasked with designing an advertisement and job description for their chosen role. They could work individually or in groups of up to four.

Mrs Hannaford, the College principal, said: "Josh and Joe worked extremely hard on their film and we are thrilled that they have deservedly been recognised as one of the best entries in the country out of over 3,000 students.

"This competition has proven to be a valuable classroom tool, engaging students with the workings of the health service and the different career options available to them.

"The hard work and effort invested in their project reflects their commitment and dedication."

Josh and Joe added: "We looked at the role of an audiologist as we wanted to learn more about what audiologists do on a daily basis. We really enjoyed taking part in the competition and even we stayed after school to work on it.

"We didn’t expect to get this far in the competition so we’re really chuffed to be regional winners."

During a special award assembly fior the whole year group on 9 May 2016 Josh and Joe were presented with special certificates and Amazon vouchers before Elinor Willis, a senior audiologist, spoke to Year 8 about her role at Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust.

"Young people are extremely important to the future of the NHS workforce," she said.
"It is important that the NHS engages with young people now and lets them know about the wealth of career opportunities."

Matthew Friend, stakeholder engagement and partnerships lead for Health Education England in the South West, said: "I’d like to congratulate Joe, Josh and Stoke Damerel Community College for their fantastic entry.

"There are 350 different careers to choose from in health and jobs range from community matron, dietitian or public health analyst to a finance manager or web developer. Initiatives such as the schools competition really help to raise awareness of this."

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