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Poole Hospital members meeting

More than 100 members and local students were educated, informed and inspired at the recent Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust member event held in December at Poole High School.

Staff from the hospital including Dr Steve Wadams, clinical director for children’s services, Mr Daniel Webster, clinical director for women’s services, and Jillian Ireland, midwife, delivered presentations describing the different aspects of clinical care within women’s and children’s services, as well as what the hospital has to offer for the next generation of employees. 

The presentations included the championing of a new maternity unit for east Dorset and how a hospital can be seen through a child’s point of view.

The 6 December event took place at Poole High School and as well as trust members, many schoolchildren were in attendance to find out more about potential careers in the NHS.

After the presentations there was a panel discussion where Debbie Fleming, chief executive, and Patricia Reid, director of nursing, explained to the more than 100 students and hospital members in attendance why they chose a career in the NHS and the many benefits and advantages of working at a hospital.

The meeting closed with an inspiring audience Q&A session led by Sophie Marriott, Usmaan Maqsood and James Mawdsley, three medical students currently at Poole Hospital.

Steve Erskine, Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust chairman, introduced the presentations and thanked everyone that attended.

“The event was a fantastic opportunity to engage with our members in such an excellent facility and we appreciate the warm welcome offered by everyone at Poole High School,” said Steve.

“Our members provide crucial support in the smooth running of the hospital. I hope the information shared at the evening keeps them up-to-date on recent developments at the hospital, especially in our women and children’s services, and that the advice offered will inspire the next generation of staff to think about a career in the NHS.”

“It was great opportunity to host a Poole Hospital members meeting at Poole High School,” said Debbie Porter, Poole High School careers coordinator.

“We are constantly looking to provide our students with up to date information and guidance on potential career pathways and the multitude of roles within the NHS are certainly ones they might like to consider.

“The school is proud of the links it has to its local hospital and the evening served as an intriguing and inspiring insight into a profession at the NHS.”

Speaking about the event, Poole High School pupil Jason Li, 15, said, “I came here to learn about the different types of career paths I could take, with a focus on medical care.

“I want to know what would be the most suitable role for me and learn vital information about my future.”

“My mum works in the NHS,” said Maria Kochuparambil, 15. “From childhood I’ve always wanted to be a doctor to make her proud.

“I want to learn more about cardiology, neuroscience and paediatrics, and I want to see if I can shadow someone at the hospital over the summer.”

If you want to become a member of the trust call the membership office on 01202 448723 or email

Poole Hospital members meeting

Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust director of nursing Patricia Reid explaining to the audience why she chose a career in the NHS and the many benefits and advantages of working at a hospital

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