Education Liaison

As a Foundation Trust, we are committed to working with members of our local community. This includes engaging with young people and providing them with an insight into the work that we do.

Our Education Liaison Officer organises events promoting careers in healthcare to create strong relationships with local schools and bring the education curriculum to life.

The Education Liaison Programme is important not just for students’ futures, but for their current education. Not only do young people get to learn about potential career options in the NHS, but they also get to meet people who have interesting and inspirational real life experience which can be related to the courses that students are studying. Schools value the expertise that our staff can bring, and students can gain valuable understanding of a variety of issues including healthcare, education and careers advice.

The Education Liaison Programme

As part of this Programme, we offer:

  • A programme of free careers events
  • Close contact with one of the largest employers in the Harrogate area
  • Access to highly qualified staff and resources
  • Real life input into the school curriculum, tailored to the needs of the school and the students
  • The opportunity to join the Trust’s membership
  • Current NHS careers information, advice and guidance

The Living Library

We launched this programme in 2010. Local schools can ‘borrow’ staff to speak to students about their career, job role or a particular topic such as medical ethics. Schools often use the Living Library as part of a lesson, careers event or lunchtime activity. We have a range of staff who have volunteered their time, including consultants, nurses, oral health co-ordinators, pharmacists, cardiology specialists and corporate managers.

“The Living Library is a great way for us to see who is available in the Hospital to talk to our students about their careers and it is really useful to have all these contacts in one central place that is easily accessible. A wonderful and diverse range of speakers are available to cover a wide range of career opportunities.”

– Local teacher

Support for those wishing to pursue a career in healthcare

During the autumn term, the Trust organises a ‘Preparing for Medical School.’ The talk aims to provide hints and tips about applying to university as well as an honest and open account of the realities of studying medicine. Parents and teachers are welcome to attend.

Students who plan to study medicine and nursing at university are offered a practice university interview with senior staff from the Trust to help them prepare for the experience and to increase their confidence.

Other events, talks and visits are arranged during the year to meet the needs of local students.  Trust events are open to students of any age, along with their teachers and/or parents.

More information about upcoming events can be found on the Education Liaison calendar and events page.

Work experience

At Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust, we understand the value of high quality work experience placements. For students making important career choices, the opportunity to understand how a place of employment works is invaluable, and helps to build an impressive skill set. For further information please visit our Work experience page.

Contact us

If you are a representative from a school in the Harrogate District that would like to take part in an event or activity, our Education Liaison Officer is available to help you get involved.

Contact the Education Liaison Officer at